I never heard of it until earlier this year when our employee handbook was reissued and someone asked what "at will" meant.
The "at will" employment doctrine arose in the 1880s during the Industrial Revolution. Federal, state, and local governments followed a free market philosophy and rarely intervened in employment practices. This doctrine afforded mutual rights to employees and employers. Employers could terminate employees at any time, and employees could quit their employment whenever they wanted.See question
The company werner enterprises is getting ready to fire me I belive for a accident that wasnt my fault the brakes went out on my tractor and I hit a moving train
If you work for Werner, I will presume you are a commercial tractor-trailer driver. As you know, the FMCSA regulations and your company's employment manual, require you to conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection, including multiple checks for any braking system defects. You need to review all of this with a local employment attorney. Your attorney might be able to negotiate a severance package or at least lessen the consequences of this accident that might jeopardize your CDL. Don't go alone on this.See question
I come back to the parking lot one day, see a dent/damage on each side of the car. Report the claim to GEICO, take the car to the express center, adjuster tells me they'll be two separate claims since they cant be a part of the same incident. I sa...
GEICO is apparently suspicious because you reported parking lot damage to opposite sides of the car occurring on the same day or first being noticed by you on the same day. Its out-of-the-ordinary from what they typically see. But, there are multiple ways this could have happened. So, consult with an attorney right away on how best to respond to the investigator's inquiries.See question
I work for walmart for 6 yrs. and my boss says I took a order for a customer and it was messed up cause she had to give it for free.....I told her I didn't take the order she said I got to pull the camera I said pull it cause I didn't do it....so ...
Not good that you quit. Always refer to your employer's complaint procedures in your employment handbook or online, and strictly follow that procedure if you have a complaint about a supervisor. You can apply for unemployment benefits, but if you are determined to have voluntarily quit, you will be denied benefits. You will have to argue and prove that any reasonable person in your circumstances would have been compelled to quit. Next time, never quit, unless you are being ordered to do something clearly illegal or unreasonably dangerous. Instead, make the appropriate complaint.See question
I filed discrimination with the EEOC for my former employer after they terminated me. They want to mediate and I am ready to put this behind me because it's taken a lot of emotional toll-- but their rebuttals for the termination are making me sou...
Unfortunately, employers do frequently allege misconduct on your part as a defense. Your summary does not state on what protected characteristic you base your discrimination claim - race, gender, age, disability, etc. What you need to show is that you were treated more harshly than other similarly-situated coworkers for the same or similar conduct who are outside your protected class. The motivation and reasoning of the employer to treat you more harshly than coworkers outside your protected class is the real issue. Was there a legitimate, believable reason why you were treated more harshly? Good luck.See question
I'm not sure if I'm clear enough, I worked for a company that told me that one of their clients told them that I was accused of stealing and that they have me on video taking their merchandise out of the store and that it was being investigated, o...
Defamation cases are more complicated than you might think. There can be legal privileges that may apply as a defense, and the standard of proof may be by clear and convincing evidence or by a preponderance of evidence depending on the facts. If you can prove defamation (false statement) with actual malice, I believe damage to reputation is presumed. Along with compensatory damages, if successful, you should be able to recover economic damages, like back pay, provided you mitigate your damages by reasonably looking for comparable work. You need to consult with an employment attorney in your area. Defamation has a short statute of limitations so don't delay.See question
I was in an accident over a month ago. The at fault driver did not have insurance. My full coverage gave me about 3000 less than the actual worth of the car, according to Kelly Blue Book. Can I sue the man that hit me for that amount?
Apparently, you used your collision coverage to be partially reimbursed for the "fair market value" of your car. The problem is that insurance companies typically ignore the Kelly Blue Book values, which are not in their interest to use, and will use instead an outside service to value your car allegedly based on recent reported private sales. These private sales are often reported lower than the actual sales price so the buyer's state sales tax obligation is lowered. You may want to spend the money for your own evaluation, and sue the uninsured man in small claims court. But, be aware that if the at fault driver did not have the money to keep his auto insurance active, than he probably has no monies to pay a judgment.See question
I worked for the company for 9 1/2 yrs the company refused to give me a raise when I was let go my ending pay was $7.85. Is there any thing I can do about that?
Perhaps. You should arrange an office consultation with an experienced employment law attorney in Cleveland. Maybe you have an overtime claim that you are not aware of. Were you always paid time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 hours a week? Did other employees in the same or similar position as you get raises why you did not? If you did not, what was the employer's motivation and reasoning to treat you differently? Was their decision based on a protected characteristic like race, age, national origin, disability, and other such characteristics. If they treated everyone the same, and paid peanuts to everyone, then you may not have a discrimination claim. Also, if you got another job fairly quickly, then pursing a claim may not be worth it. But, consult with an employment attorney to be sure. Expect to pay a consultation fee.See question
And no lawyer will take your case because it won't make them enough money? I have a medical background, and I understand what everyone did wrong. I'd love to get a lawyer. 3 turned me down.
If a medical device malfunctioned, and caused you significant damages, then you need to identify the make and model of the device, and search the internet for a law firm or firms who may be handling similar device malfunction cases on a class action or multi-district basis. These medical device cases are extremely expensive and very risky for one law firm to pursue for one client. And, in Ohio, like many other states, thanks to so-called tort reform, your non-economic damages will be capped at a relatively low amount. Only wrongful death or catastrophic injury med mal or product liability cases are now financially viable to pursue because of caps and other tort reform measures. Very sad, but true. Good luck.See question
A fellow employee has gone to the HR Dept. concerning two small scratches on their inner wrist.
More information is needed. How did the fellow employee get the scratches? Fight or workplace accident? Did the employee tell mostly the truth or a lie? Do you have any prior disciplinary history on this job? Tell us more.See question