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Meghan Hayes Slack

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  • Could I sue/obtain compensation for an injury that took place at a restaurant?

    Last Friday, I went out to a restaurant with my mother for lunch. We sat down at an outdoor table which had a large umbrella attached to it held on by a large metal pole. There was a sudden burst of wind, and the entire umbrella lifted off the tab...

    Meghan’s Answer

    You should contact a personal injury attorney. Most take cases on a contingency basis. You can search for an attorney in your area on Avvo or contact the Massachusetts Bar Association for a referral.

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  • Can I be fired after I file for discrimination case against my employer?

    I have been working for an airline company for the last five months. I worked at the cargo department, I am the only black person and the only foreigner in the department. My supervisor always talk down to me, yelling at me, embarrassing me in fro...

    Meghan’s Answer

    If your employer suspended or terminates you because of your prior complaints of discrimination that would be illegal retaliation. It is not illegal to fire someone who has filed a complaint of discrimination, but it is illegal to discipline or termination someone's employment BECAUSE they engaged in the protected activity of filing a complaint (either internally or at the MCAD). You should contact an employment attorney in your area about the possibility amending your original complaint or filing a new complaint of retaliation. You can search for an attorney in your area on Avvo or contact the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.

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  • Can my employer call my doctor asking questions about my care? I was sick for two days and then a month later sick for a day.

    Can my employer call my doctor? I was sick for a few days and produced a doctors note. My primary care was out of the office so another doctor in the office wrote the note now my boss is saying that I violated policy because I'm not a patient of ...

    Meghan’s Answer

    Under the new sick leave law your employer cannot seek additional verification that you properly used your sick time unless you used 3 consecutive days or more. See pg 16

    http://www.mass.gov/ago/docs/workplace/earned-sick-time/est-faqs.pdf

    And as already noted, your doctors office cannot give out information about you to your employer without your authorization.

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  • What are the termination laws in Massachusetts and can and should she be terminated for this?

    We have an employee who has had allegations from 3 other employees that they have witnessed her doing cocaine outside of work. They have also stated that they believe she has come to work under the influence of cocaine. The executives within the c...

    Meghan’s Answer

    Unless this employee has an employment contract, she can be fired at any time for any reason as long as the reason isn't expressly prohibited by law. Certainly illegal activity, even unverified illegal activity, like drug use would be a valid reason. Of course it is not a requirement that they terminate her either. The executives are doing nothing wrong in a legal sense by keeping her on board.

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  • Do I have any recourse against my former employer for the termination or the ignoring my harassment complaint?

    I worked at a financial institution. I was terminated due to code of conduct violation. The violation was that i assisted a friend by getting a public business phone number, but since i approached it the wrong way and it was not directly related t...

    Meghan’s Answer

    It is possible you may have a case against your former employer if you could demonstrate that your termination was in retaliation for complaining about the harassment you received from the temp employee. You may also have a complaint for any continued harassment you experienced from him after you complained and nothing was done.

    You should speak with an employment attorney in your area about the specific details of your situation and the possibility of filing a complaint for discrimination and retaliation against your former employer. You can search for an attorney in your area on Avvo or contact the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.

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  • Can the company i work for hire someone for a position i also applied for without interviewing me or other applicants first?

    I applied for a higher position in the company i currently work for but i was never called for an interview and a week later they gave the position to someone else in the company.

    Meghan’s Answer

    Generally, yes, this is permissible. An employer is not usually under any obligation to interview all or any applicants before hiring someone for a position.

    Exceptions could potentially occur if you have an individual employment contract or are covered by a collective bargaining agreement that addresses this issue. If you think your employment contract was violated, you should speak with an employment attorney in your area about the violation and what recourse you may have. If you have a CBA was violated, you can seek a grievance through your union.

    To find an attorney in your area, you can search on Avvo or contact the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.

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  • Would the Company (A) and my still employer (B) consider my application as a Conflict of Interest?

    I work at a Company (A) through a contract at will with (B) for about three years. After some consideration I've decided to move on and gave my 15 days notice to (A) and (B). A couple of days after I sended the notification for them I've found ou...

    Meghan’s Answer

    There isn't enough information in this post to make a determination. If you haven't signed anything restricting your ability to work, like a non-compete agreement, then you should not have any problem applying for the other job. If you have, you should consider having an employment attorney look over the agreement you signed and discuss your former position and desired position to determine whether or not taking the new position may violate the agreement. Even if it does violate an agreement you signed, an attorney may be able to help you negotiate with your former employer to allow you to take the new job if it is offered to you. You can search for an employment attorney in your area here on Avvo or contact the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.

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  • Is this true?

    was recently employed by the Big Apple Circus in Boston. Worked 2 days and was let go today being told that they hired too many people. Was told to pick up my paycheck next Friday. I asked them being in Massachusetts I was entitled to my pay today...

    Meghan’s Answer

    They are wrong. Massachusetts labor laws apply to you as a worker in this state, and your employer needs to comply with them. Unfortunately, there is not much of an avenue for recourse, because the damages would likely be considered very minimal.

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  • In MA is it allowed to make you sign a 2 yr non-compete after I have signed my offer which does not state signing a non-compete?

    I work in construction sales and recruiting and I have after almost a year of being with my company, they are now asking me to sign a non-compete which lasts for 2 years after departure by any reason.

    Meghan’s Answer

    It depends. You really need to have an attorney review both documents to answer your question. They initial offer that you signed may not have created a binding contract on either you or your employer, in which case you would be an at will employee. As an at-will employee your employer can change the terms of your employment at any time, including making you sign a non-compete agreement. I would also recommend having an attorney look over the non-compete agreement to advise you on whether or not the terms would be considered reasonable and enforceable in a court of law. You can search for an employment attorney in your area on Avvo or contact the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.

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  • Do I have a potential wrongful termination lawsuit

    I went on FMLA leave on 2/3/16. . I was terminated by my employer as of 2/22/16. I was not notified of my termination by my immediate store manager,nor by corporate. No one contacted me to tell me I was terminated or why I was being terminated. I ...

    Meghan’s Answer

    You may have a claim if you can demonstrate that you were terminated because of your leave. The fact that you were let go while you is certainly suspicious, but it is not illegal to fire someone while they are on FMLA if the employee is being terminated for some other permissible reason. They may have financial troubles, downsized, or had some legitimate complaint about your work. You should speak with an employment attorney in your area about the additional circumstances of your employment and termination to determine the strength of your potential case. You can find an attorney here on Avvo or contact the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.

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