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Robert Joseph Coursey III

Robert Coursey’s Answers

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  • What can I do to start a sexual harrassment suit

    My wife got a text message that wasn't meant for her but feels really uncomfortable by it..her boss sent "where is my pussy picture"

    Robert’s Answer

    Why would your first response be to sue? Why not have your wife tell the person who mistakenly sent the text that it bothered her and to please don't let it happen again? Or if your wife is not comfortable doing that, she could report this incident to human resources.

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  • Q: is it double dipping to sue for wrongful termination and then sue for workmans compensation ? If so why?

    Was wrongfully terminated and filed a law suit . After multiple surgeries and physical therapy workmans compensation cut me off. Then I retained an attorney for workmans compensation claim. Wrongful termination attorney claims that I can not doub...

    Robert’s Answer

    In some states, a concept called "workers compensation exclusivity" might preclude you from seeking the same types of damages in two different forums (workers comp and court). But it very much depends on the types of claims you're making and the types of damages you're seeking. I suggest talking your attorney and having him/her explain your specific situation to you in plain terms.

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  • What steps do I take after my boss assaulted me?

    My clinically diagnosed bipolar boss is not properly medicaid and has been suffering from a manic episode for about 4 months resulting in a hostile work environment. Yesterday after confronting her with my concerns, she hit me in the face. I left ...

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys who have answered your question, but I'd add: be careful how and to whom you talk about your boss's mental condition. You don't want to end up yourself violating privacy laws.

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  • Can businesses legally discriminate against you do to a criminal record?

    Hi, I am currently going to school to become an auto mechanic. Recently we had a local area business stop by and give us a sales pitch looking for students who are about to graduate to come work for them. One of the students from my class who was ...

    Robert’s Answer

    The EEOC, and many courts, would disapprove of such a blanket policy and consider it unlawful discrimination under a disparate impact theory. I'm not sure what Florida state law would say about this but that could be another area of liability. However, the student you mentioned would not have a viable claim unless he actually applies for a job and is rejected based on his criminal background.

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  • Does the EEOC consider the date your letter announced your resignation or the date of the actual resignation ?

    a resignation is an element to proving an employee was a victim of a constructive discharge . The employee'S settlement agreement states " I hereby resign effective December 29, 2016 ," but it was signed on Friday so I'm wondering two thi...

    Robert’s Answer

    One week ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Green v. Brennan, which addressed a related issue--when the statute of limitations in a constructive discharge case starts running. Among other things, the Court held that an employee resigns (which triggers the statute of limitations) when he gives his employer clear notice of his intent to resign. For example, when an employee resigns and gives two weeks’ notice, the period begins to run on the day he tells the employer, not the last day of employment. I suggest you talk to a lawyer about your case, and how this Supreme Court decision affects it.

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  • Is there anything that can be done about a manager who read medical documents of an employee out loud to employees?

    My friend Sally* worked for a company. She recently discovered she had a brain disorder. This causes severe migraines, especially when stressed. She has been working with this girl Jill* and Jill was especially nasty to Sally. Jill was extremely r...

    Robert’s Answer

    There could be potential ADA and state law tort claims (e.g., invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress) here against the company, Beth, or both. Sally should talk to an attorney.

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  • Can I be represented in a discrimination lawsuit against my employer and I from an ex-employee

    I'm a Senior Operation Director and I terminated a employee who is 70 years of age after I terminated her she filed a lawsuit with the EEOC saying I subjected her to a hostile work environment and terminated her because of her age all which are fa...

    Robert’s Answer

    In some, but not all, cases, the same attorney will represent both the company and the individual defendant. The company's attorney should clearly communicate to you whether he/she represents you also in this matter. If that doesn't happen, then you should ask the company attorney the question.

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  • How do I go about this situation now? Whats the next step I need to take?

    I was wrongfully accused of assulting someone off the job premises. I had an warrant out for my arrest for assult that I had no clue about I was completely blindsided by everything. I was arrested on the job premises for the assult warrant in Detr...

    Robert’s Answer

    Keep in mind that the standard of proof in a criminal case is much different than that required by an employer making an employment decision. In other words, just b/c you were found not guilty in criminal court, that doesn't mean your employer can't reach a different decision and make a decision to fire you on that basis.

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  • Does "within 30 days of contract signing" mean "29 days or less" or "30 days or less" of contract signing?

    No further definition was given in the contract.

    Robert’s Answer

    Look at a calendar. Put your finger on the date the contract was signed. The next day is day 1. Now count to 30. The day you end on is the final day under this contract term.

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  • I was escorted out of my job because I was told I had quit but I never turned in notice to quit my job. Was I wrongfully fired?

    My boss was out of the office on vacation. They make me leave when I have no work so one day i left early because of no work. The next day an employee that acts as a manager when the boss is out but is not officially a manager told me the cops had...

    Robert’s Answer

    There's no way to answer this without knowing a lot more facts. You should speak to an employment lawyer.

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