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Spencer Nathan Thal

Spencer Thal’s Answers

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  • Can I report/sue an employer that fired me after filing a sexual harrassment claim against my manager?

    Spencer’s Answer

    I agree with Ms. Grant. Seek a consultation with an attorney experienced in employment law without delay.

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  • Is it illegal if my employer doesn’t let me take a lunch break and doesn’t pay me for it?

    Spencer’s Answer

    Yes. It sounds like a violation, although it would be worth reviewing the issue thoroughly with an attorney experienced in employment law.

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  • Do I have a case?

    Spencer’s Answer

    This would require a more thorough review that cannot be conducted in this forum so you should speak with attorneys experienced in employment law.

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  • What accommodations must my employer provide, if any?

    Spencer’s Answer

    Review Governor Inslee’s proclamation 20-46 (and the two that extended it):

    https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/20-46%20-%20COVID-19%20High%20Risk%20Employees.pdf?utm_source=thestand.org

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  • Little brother who is 17 got ran over while working. Is there anything to do even though it was a hit and run?

    Spencer’s Answer

    Also, it would be worth communicating with the store about cameras and whether there is any video footage.

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  • How can I contest a workplace warning when I feel the warning is not justified in the first place?

    Spencer’s Answer

    This kind of situation warrants consultation with an attorney experienced with employment law. There is no quick, easy answer here but options diminish with time, so it would make sense to find counsel now.

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  • Can I be legally be demoted (without cause) the day before going on paternity leave and then fired 4 weeks after returning?

    Spencer’s Answer

    These cases in general, and your situation in particular, are not well-suited to assessment in this forum. There are just too many factors that can impact the evaluation, including some not articulated in your question. Having said that, the timing of the “adverse employment actions” raise enough of a question that it may well be worth your while to consult with attorneys experienced in employment law.

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  • Is my employer breaking the law?

    Spencer’s Answer

    It sounds like you and your coworkers have wage and hour claims. Contact an attorney experienced in employment law as soon as possible for a more thorough review.

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  • Will my employer owe me money?

    Spencer’s Answer

    It seems like you have a claim for unpaid wages and the laws provide strong protection and remedies but it warrants careful review. You may want to talk with an attorney experienced with employment law about your options and the timing for pursuing those claims, as there are some time limits and other considerations that may be important.

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  • Would I be able to sue for defamation?

    Spencer’s Answer

    It sounds like you have at least some of the core elements: a published false statement about you and a disregard for truth, but it would be important to assess damages and potential defenses in determining whether it makes sense to pursue such a claim. It may warrant a more detailed review with an experienced attorney.

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