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  • I injured my back at work, I was off work 3 wks , when I was released back to work. I had MRI.I'm diagnosed w/ digenertvdiseas

    Since my injury, work has become very difficult for me I do heavy lifting throughout the day everyday, I cook for 200ppl everyday..I am experiencing back pain daily, and it seems to be worsening very rapidly.. Pain medication does not seem to give...

    Joseph’s Answer

    If you hurt yourself at work, then it should be a compensable injury. That being said, you need to report it to your HR Department immediately, if you haven't already. Then, when you see a doctor for treatment, you need to explain to the doctor how the injury happened, where you were when the injury happened (at work) and what you you were doing that caused the injury. If you haven't reported the injury yet, I suggest you do it immediately. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the insurance carrier may deny your claim. Good luck.

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  • Can I propose a settlement amount in a discrimination labor case?

    i was fired while pregnant. the EEOC is on the case, but told me I could retain my own attorney if i chose to. I have all the evidence i need to win my case, but Im looking for a certain amount that would cover emotional, mental and back pay and f...

    Joseph’s Answer

    Like the others have said, you should contact an attorney ASAP. The EEOC can assist you but they are likely a neutral third party and not your representative on the case (unless they have specifically stated that they are going to represent you and file a claim on your behalf). Having your own attorney will ensure that you understand the likelihood of success at trial, as well as the damages you would be entitled to if you won in court. Your own attorney will also make sure that your best interests are protected. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation and would agree to be paid on a contingent fee basis, meaning you only pay the attorney if you recover money in a settlement, on a case like yours. It's worth it to get an attorney involved ASAP to make sure you are making an educated decision on settlement. Good luck.

    Best,
    Joe Larson

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  • Can I sue a private company for wrongful termination in Wisconsin?

    I was fired, but my supervisor couldn't give me a reason why; when I sent a follow-up email he said he got too many complaints, but never said anything to me about what the complaints were. Also, in the hiring paperwork it was mentioned that I'd g...

    Joseph’s Answer

    If you were terminated for discriminatory reasons, you may have a claim. Contact a local plaintiff's employment attorney and tell him/her the whole story. Once your attorney has all the facts, he/she will be able to better advise you on the viability of your claim. Good luck.

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  • Ok, so I got contacted by my work comp adjuster to settle three claims stemming for about 2 years ago to preset day...

    So I have a low back claim due to sign joint issues, and a conclusion claim with lingering symptoms and a knee issue with MCL and fat pad issues.....what would be a typical offer I should take? I have no clue what I'm doing

    Joseph’s Answer

    You should speak to a Worker's Compensation attorney right away. You only get one chance to settle these claims and the insurance company does not have your best interest in mind. Contact a lawyer today for help with these claims.

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  • I was unfairly fired for reporting my boss.

    I was unfairly fired at a job due to the fact I reported my boss for abuse. I need a lawyer but I do not know where to start.

    Joseph’s Answer

    It sounds like you may have a retaliation claim against your former employer, depending on what it was that you actually reported about your boss. Your best place to start would be contacting a plaintiff's employment attorney for a consultation. Most attorneys offer free consultations on cases like yours. Once you get your attorney all the facts, he/she will be able to better advise you on what your options are. Good luck.

    Best,
    Joe Larson

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  • What happens when my employer pays me later than 24 hours after termination and doesn't respond to request in writing why let go

    I was let go by my employer on May 11, 2016. MN law starts all wages are due 24 hours after termination. I was paid a "final paycheck" on May 12th. On May 13th I notified the front desk manager I was short over $250 in tips and gave specific dates...

    Joseph’s Answer

    If you've been paid in full, then you may just want to move on. If you think you were terminated for discriminatory reasons, then you should contact a lawyer. Your lawyer would be able to help you get them to respond to your request for a reason for your termination and be able to give you a better sense of whether you would be able to recover the penalty for late payment of your final tips. My experience in the past going after those penalties, judges are a little shy about assessing those against the employer if the employer has any kind of legit reason for the delay. Here, they paid you your final check within 24 hours, which is what they're supposed to do. I'm sure they would blame it on an accounting error or have some other explanation on that remaining $250 to explain the delay. In any event, if you think you were terminated because of your gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, etc, then you should speak to an attorney right away. Good luck.

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  • What if a collector is harrassing my family at work?

    I owe on purchases i made and now the company is calling my husband and two daughters at their place of work harrassing them multiple times a day and saying warrants are being put out for my arrest....is there anything to stop them from harrassing...

    Joseph’s Answer

    Like the other attorney said, this may be a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Act. Contact a local lawyer who handles claims in that area for help. Good luck.

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  • Can I be fired for using the word "Bipolar"?

    I was talking on my cell phone to a family member about another family member who was having some issues and I said the word bipolar. I was overheard by someone in my office and they reported it. I was let go of my job of 12 years because of it. I...

    Joseph’s Answer

    If you are an at-will employee, you can be terminated at any time, for any reason, as long as the reason is not discriminatory. In other words, your employer can terminate you if they want to, as long as they are not doing so because of your race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. If you think that was the real reason for your termination, then you should contact a local plaintiff's employment attorney.

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  • How do I respond to a cease and desist letter?

    I was an independent contractor (freelance editor) for a content agency located in the U.S. The woman who owns the company let me go for a typo (I'm not making that up), but she also let her content manager and business manager go, too (because th...

    Joseph’s Answer

    I recommend you hire an attorney to represent the company and review the NDA documents. Contact a lawyer to help you on this ASAP. It may cost you some money up front, but your lawyer may be able to save you a lot of money down the line. Good luck.

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