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I quit my job in Feb. 2012 due to extreme stress, workload

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I quit my job in Feb. 2012 due to extreme stress, workload and mismanagement from my superiors. - It appeared that I was set up to fail and was clear to me that it was only a matter of time before I was to be let go, (I witness similar situations with other employees). Due to my workload I was unable to take 4 days of my vacation. I averaged 45+ hours/week, (my salary based on 40 hours). Management fought my unemployment insurance claim and won, (I was too stressed to attend a face to face meeting with my former employer). My blood pressure was 185 over 148 at times and I spent a day in the emergency room for same. My anxiety and blood pressure are getting better, but I'm still suffering from the experience, especially with sleeping. I have a new job that pays less and triple the commute, but no stress and much better management. Questions: 1. Do I have any recourse with what I've stated above? 2. If so, please briefly explain. 3. Statute of limitations...? -- Thanks very much.

Good afternoon Keith,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation.

It appears that you quit based on a proper justification---that of a situation created by your employer.

While you don't have any sort of a meritorious claim for constructive discharge---unless you can show that you are discriminated against based on your Ethnicity, Color, Religion, National Origin, Gender or Disability, if you have any continuing medical issues you feel are related to the stress you underwent at the job, then there is still time to file a workers' compensation stress claim.

There is in CA a one year statute of limitations for the filing of a workers' compensation claim that you need to be aware of.

Additionally, you should have received payment for any unused vacation time you had available at the time you resigned. You have at least 2 years and perhaps as many as 3 years to file a claim for that, if you were no paid on termination.

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I wish you the best in 2013,


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I've heard advertisement for getting compensated for overtime that was not paid, i.e. when a salary is based on 8 hours/day, but actual hours worked was 9. What is your experience/advise on this regarding my situation? - Very satisfied so far. Thank you./

Hi Keith,

Had you mentioned that unpaid overtime I would have discussed that issue with you. Please remember, unless you tell me the things you know, I have no way to know them.

If you were not a salary-exempt employee, which means that you are paid a salary and the employer has no legal obligation to pay overtime---then the employer was obligated to pay you for all hours you worked.

If you worked overtime for which you were not paid, then you may make a wage claim now and sue for your unpaid overtime back 2 years, or back 3 years if you can show that they deliberately did not pay you.

If you show they deliberately did not pay you, you may also recover liquidated damages. Under federal laws (FLSA), you are also entitled to what is called Liquidated damages. Liquidated damages is equal to the amount of back wages that they owe you and must be paid in addition to the wages themselves---so you essentially get double overtime wages in the claim based on their willful failure to pay you.

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Have a great day,


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