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  • Can my employer keep my check for this reason?

    I quit my job on Monday, 6/13 I called 5 hours before my shift to inform my employer that I would not be in today. Later that day around 9am one of my coworkers kept texting me throughout the day saying that the owner needed me to go to the doctor...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law apply, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, they may not keep your check due to the review you posted. You can report their failure to pay to the state, or speak to an employment attorney.

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  • Do i have grounds to sue my previous employer for wrongful termination ?

    i was let go for my employer for sleeping on the job but the day in question is the same day that i was sent home. My team leader assumed i was tired or falling because on my break he mentioned that i had my head on my locker. I"m pregnant and i h...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law apply, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, you may have a claim for either pregnancy/gender discrimination and/or disability discrimination. You should speak with an employment attorney ASAP, as you have limited time to bring any claims you might have.

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  • Disability discrimination issues

    My employer has recently changed the management in our location and the prior manager was an awesome, understanding and flexible person. The new manager seemed alright until he found out I have a disability, work place arraignment and FML leave. H...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, what you describe might be an illegal hostile work environment/employment discrimination based on disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the PA Human Relations Act. Under both statutes, reporting discrimination is protected; terminating you for such reporting is illegal retaliation. You should speak with an employment attorney ASAP to determine how to make the report, how to document it, and how to proceed otherwise in order to protect your rights.

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  • My wife got a call that she violated HIPAA, she had no idea, what will happen to her job?

    My wife commented on social about an experience with a patient she had in the ER. She didn't not disclose any details of identification of the patient. Someone she worked with saw the comment and filed a complaint. She was fired from the position ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law apply, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, even if a name isn't used, if a patient might be identified due to the unusual facts or conditions involved, HIPAA might have been violated. Hospitals and providers are very touchy about social media, as many HIPAA breaches have occurred through Facebook, Twitter, etc.; best policy is to never post anything about work on social media if you are a health care provider. Even if there was no HIPAA violation, they likely can still legally fire her for the posting. If they haven't reported it to the state board, etc., then it's not worth pursuing.

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  • Was I terminated legally?

    I was terminated for "unprofessional conduct" after requesting info on a leave of absence due to my severe ongoing health condition. I already had intermittent FMLA, but I was considering a short term leave which my doctors felt was warranted. ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law apply, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, the facts as you describe them indicate that you may have a claim for retaliation under the FMLA and/or a claim for disability discrimination. Speak to a NJ employment attorney ASAP.

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  • Can I sue my daycare?

    I picked my son up yesterday the teacher claimed my son wasn;t hisself all day .When I picked him up he was burning up and his diaper was saturated so this clearly indicated nobody checked on him.As soon as I get in the car he immediately goes int...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law apply, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a personal injury question; I'll change the practice area of your question to get the attention of the right Avvo attorneys.

    /Christopher E. Ezold/

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  • What are the first steps to filing a wrongful termination case?

    I was terminated after my orientation period of 4 months for failure to perform to quality but feel I was targeted among the 6 new hires. I was given a 1 month "coaching" period although it was not followed per the company policy and the data used...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, unless you had an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement requiring that you only be fired for cause, or specifying the process for firing you for quality, then you can be fired in PA for any reason or no reason, with or without warning - you are an 'at-will' employee. Failure to follow policies or procedures, and the general unfairness of the firing have no legal significance outside of your contract rights.

    However, if you were treated differently than other, similarly situated employees due to your race, gender, age, disability, religion, etc., or retaliated against due to your refusal to commit a crime, your reporting of discrimination, your taking workers' comp or unemployment, then you may have a claim, and should speak to an employment attorney ASAP.

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  • Can an employer make a minor pay back money lost on a shift and can they hold their pay?

    My daughter was a beach badge checker at the jersey shore and accidentally left her bag open and some badges and money she collected that day fell out. They want her to pay for all lost badges and money lost. She was not terminated and the write u...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, no, it's a violation of NJ law. Attorney Brett gave you excellent advice - and your daughter should consider looking for another job, as any employer who would engage in this behavior isn't worth working for. It's almost a guarantee of future bad behavior.

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  • How do I ask current employer to obtain non-compete agreement?

    Prospective company is asking for mine but unsure if I even signed one, certainly not in the last 10 years. How should I approach situation with current employer to find out or should I even take action?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, being up front and transparent usually ends better than being seen as 'sneaky.' If you are perceived as 'sneaky' by the employer, you are much more likely to be sued if there is a noncompete. You should just ask, in writing (email is best). If they ask why, say you are curious and want to know what you signed. You may opt to merely ask to see your personnel file, which may contain your contract(s) with the employer. A 10-year old noncompete may be enforceable; this is not something to take chances on.

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  • What is the precedence on medical bills for children that were occurred while married but paid post decree?

    My husbands ex wife paid a medical bill for one of their children that occurred 4 years ago. They separated 3 years ago and their divorce decree was finalized a year ago. In the divorce, it states he is responsible for 68% of medical bills not c...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a child support question, not a health law question. I will change the practice area of your question to get the attention of the right Avvo attorneys.

    /Christopher E. Ezold/

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