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Tag: LGBT legal issues

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Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| June 19, 2017

CUSTOMERS WALK OUT WITHOUT PAYING; CAN EMPLOYEE GET STUCK WITH THE BILL? QUESTION: I work at a restaurant. Last week, we had a large group (10 people) in for lunch, a busy time. They asked for one check. When I presented it to them, they asked for individual checks instead. While I was in back […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| May 30, 2017

NEED FMLA TO BOND WITH NEW BABY? ONE AT A TIME, PLEASE! QUESTION: My wife and I are expecting our first child in a few weeks. We both work for the same company. We put in for 12 weeks of leave, each, under the FMLA so we can spend time together bonding with our baby. […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| May 22, 2017

NEW OVERTIME RULES MAY BE DOA; NO RAISES FOR SALARIED WORKERS LIKELY QUESTION: I heard a lot of noise last year about some managers being reclassified as hourly workers, but then nothing happened. What’s going on? ANSWER: Revisions to Department of Labor regulations that would have strengthened overtime protections for “managerial” workers were supposed to […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| May 8, 2017

EMPLOYER’S DIVERSITY POLICY AT ODDS WITH EMPLOYEES’ VIEWS QUESTION: My company recently implemented a “diversity policy” which requires employees to “recognize the value of diversity and to respect the beliefs and practices” of co-workers. People who violate the policy can be terminated. One of our employees has made several comments disparaging a white co-worker, married […]

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Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| May 1, 2017

SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF WORK RULES COULD LEAD TO A LAWSUIT QUESTION: We recently hired a new employee, and she’s not working out – she rubs people the wrong way. I’m ready to let her go. Her manager noticed she’s on-line a lot at lunch, sending e-mails and shopping. Use of the internet for personal business […]

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Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| April 24, 2017

LAID OFF FROM PART-TIME WORK? YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS FROM THE MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT AGENCY QUESTION:  Do you have to work full-time to get unemployment? I worked part-time, 25 hours per week, and was laid off after working for almost three years. Can I get unemployment? ANSWER:     Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) isn’t as […]

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Ask The lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| April 17, 2017

TURNING DOWN THAT JOB OFFER COULD COST YOU YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT QUESTION: I’m on unemployment and looking for work. Last week I received a job offer – it’s in my field, but the pay and benefits are lower than my last job. If I turn it down, can I continue to receive unemployment benefits? ANSWER: Under […]

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Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| March 27, 2017

IF A DISABILITY IS INVISIBLE, DO EMPLOYERS NEED TO PROVIDE AN ACCOMMODATION? QUESTION: I had an employee who started showing up to work late a lot. She called in one day and asked if she could work a different schedule, because she had trouble getting up because of some medication she was using. I told […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| March 10, 2017

EMPLOYEE WHO MADE SAME WORKPLACE ERROR AS OTHERS BUT PUNISHED MORE SEVERELY MAY HAVE A CLAIM OF EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION  QUESTION: I made a major error at work, and I was fired. One of my co-workers made the same error, but he was placed on probation. Apart from this one mistake, I never had any write-ups […]

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Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| March 10, 2017

CAN A JOB APPLICANT SUE FOR AGE DISCRIMINATION? QUESTION: My company is looking to fill a few entry-level positions. Our Human Resources department prepared a job announcement which stated we are looking for “recent college graduates.” After a several weeks, we filled the positions. Last week we received a letter from an unsuccessful applicant, age […]

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