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Steven E. Petrou

Steven Petrou’s Answers

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  • What labor laws apply to my case?

    Employed as project scientist with great annual reviews for 17 years with one large firm (changing ownership twice). Following 8 weeks of medical leave for 2 surgeries (cancer) I am not being incorporated back into projects full or part time. Worr...

    Steven’s Answer

    You should not be a discriminate on the basis of your disability. You should also not be discriminated because you're 62 years old. Thirdly, you should watch out against any gender discrimination and report your case to the EEOC.

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  • Am I protected under the whistle blower act for a social media post?

    I have recently been reprimanded for sharing a letter from OSHA with my coworkers on social media. A physical copy of the letter is hung in our company break room, however due to the nature of our work, not everyone can view this letter which is w...

    Steven’s Answer

    You may be protected by the National Labour Relations Board. They generally prohibit a company from interfering with communication between employees for matters of employee concern. You should give the NLRB a call.

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  • My employer has spread the rumor he will file sexual harassment against me and try to have me removed off the Executive Board.

    We have never had an intimate relationship but flirtatious banter I have send him sexy photos of me never nude. He terminated me and threaten to file against me as retaliation. I went back to my old job However the rumor has spread there and now I...

    Steven’s Answer

    Your former employer should never make false statements about you in order to get you terminated from another job. You should tell them to cease and desist from making untrue statements about you. If the person making these statements does not stop, contact his supervisor or HR.

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  • Does cps Texas have to notify me if they do a background check on me?

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    Not necessarily. If you mean Child Protective Services, they are allowed to investigate anyone who is alleged to abuse children. You certainly can contact CPS and ask if you are being investigated.

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  • Am I able to sue?

    I worked for a warehouse over 2 years, the last month the manager discovered I was homosexual and from that point began micromanaging me until one day I was a few minutes late from break and rather than give me a tardy he sent me home and the next...

    Steven’s Answer

    Right now, there is no Texas state law or federal statute that protects homosexuals from job discrimination. However, the City of Houston has passed an ordinance that prohibits job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. So you can contact the City of Houston and file a complaint. Sometimes, you can also file a lawsuit asserting gender stereotyping. You need to contact an employment attorney and provide additional information.

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  • Can I claim constructive discharge because I am being held to a higher standard than my coworkers? I was suspended idefinitely

    I am in retail sales appliances, electronics, furniture. My employer sets minimum sales quotas of $70k a month per full time associates. I was allowed to reduce my hours to P/T after I initiated SSI payments in 05/2014. I am 64 Y.O. and disabled t...

    Steven’s Answer

    If you were suspended indefinitley, then you were fired. Constructive discharge is when your employer makes your job so miserable that a reasonable employee has no choice but to quit. If you were being held to a different standard due to your disability and treated worse than other workers, you may have a claim for disability discrimination. If other part time workers are held to lower sales, then this could be evidence of different treatment due to your disability. It is best to consult an employment lawyer in your area and provide more details.

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  • Can I be demoted while I am on medical leave

    I have been on medical leave for 5 weeks and I received a call telling me I was basically being demoted

    Steven’s Answer

    If you are on family medical leave, you should be restored back to the same job, after your medical leave is o is oiver. You is overmust be employed at least one year and your employer needs to have at least 50 workers. You should consult an employment lawyer in your area and provide more details.

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  • Can I take legal actions if a sexual harassment occurred outside the workplace from an employee of the same company?

    I am a female employee. I was at a pub having dinner and drink with my co-workers which was not a company event. While we were finishing up our night, a manager and a director from our company (different department) came in noticeably drunk. The d...

    Steven’s Answer

    Even if the harassment takes place outside of work, especially by a manager, it should be dealt with and stopped. If you are made to feel uncomfortable outside work or at work, and your employer does nothing to make you feel safe, you should contact an employment lawyer in your are to discuss all yor options.

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  • I was assaulted by my supervisor during a meeting between me and her.

    I was assaulted during a meeting between me and my supervisor . I was informing my superviser of how me and my sister were being mistreated and belittled by another employee that is like a Forman . During the meeting my supervisor hit me and I tol...

    Steven’s Answer

    You can file a claim of assault against your supervisor in civil court or file a criminal complaint. You may also have a claim for harassment and assault against the company.

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  • Can my boss demand that I sit in the office with I man even-though I say it makes me uncomfortable? What are my employee rights?

    I was assigned to share a small office with a male teammate. I told my immediate supervisor I was uncomfortable. I was told if he has not done anything to me personally/physically I was to be in that office with him. I lasted only about 40 minute...

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    You need to explain why you feel uncomfortable being in the small office with a male co-worker. Is there harassment or a hostile work environment? The employer is only required to take prompt remedial action if there is some form of harassment, discrimination or hostile environment. Also are you suffering from some form of a disability that requires special accommodation? You need to provide a lot more informaiton and should consult an employment attorney in your area.

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