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My aunt is a middle-aged women with diabetes and many other

My aunt is a middle-aged women with diabetes and many other issues. Although she is not in a wheelchair, she has a handicap tag for when parking. It is difficult for her to walk as she has problems with her knees, and medically she is considered "morbidly obese."She currently works for a large non-profit organization with over 1,000 employees. Within her office building is a cafeteria, and from where she sits it is a very long walk for someone in her situation. A very generous co-worker of hers is kind enough to assist her. If her co-worker is going down to get something for lunch, she will ask my aunt if she needs anything. She will also sometimes bring her coffee and water. However, her co-worked only does this when she herself is going down to the cafeteria.Recently, my aunt's supervisor was informed about her co-worker occasionally bringing her food and beverages. Her supervisor then told my aunt that she is no longer allowed to bring her anything, that my aunt must be "self-sufficient."I do not see why it is such a big deal that her co-worker brings her food and beverages, as she is not making any special trips to do so, and it is not taking away from her job responsibilities and accomplishments.I am very upset about this, because now my aunt must bring her own food and cannot enjoy the employee benefits of the cafeteria on the campus. Is this an issue of discrimination against my aunt? Is there anything my family can do so that my aunt's co-worker can continue to bring her food and beverages if they are both alright with it?Not sure if I would need to speak to a lawyer about this, but if you can provide me with some more information/advice I would be VERY grateful.

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Lucy, Esq.

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If an employee in Texas has appeared to either 1) smell of

If an employee in Texas has appeared to either 1) smell of alcohol at work, or 2) may be drinking on the job, how do we handle the performance management discussion after the fact (the manager was not around at the time, but has been given feedback from other assistant managers/employees that were). There is a "final warning" in the file for the employee arriving at work smelling of alcohol, but they have never specifically admitted to drinking at work, or before.

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Allen M., Esq.

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I work company that is having a retreat on Wednesday and

i work for a company that is having a retreat on Wednesday and Thursday this week. the retreat includes a*****there and back and also staying over for two nights. I've been diagnosed with degenerative lumbar disease and felt the retreat (sitting 8 hrs) and the drive might be too much for my back. I requested if i could use PTO for those two days and was granted the PTO. Last week the owners of the company told everyone they could have that Friday off as "holiday" pay. HR assured me I was also entitled to Friday Holiday time because the office will be closed. Today I was sent an email and was told that the people not attending the retreat would not get paid for Friday or they would have to take it as PTO. I'm the only one not attending the retreat. I feel this is discriminatory, since I would like to go on the retreat but am concerned about what it would do to my back. HR also knows that I'm seeing a Neurosurgeon in July. I'm an hourly employee. Most of the other employees are salaried, but there are a few other hourly employees so I feel I'm being singled out for something that I can't control.

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Patrick, Esq.

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I've worked at my job 1/2 years and have always received

I've worked at my job for 1 1/2 years and have always received compliments of what a great job im doing. Ive received 3 bonuses in the last year and NEVER was told anything negative about my work performance. Just recently I told my manager that I am a recovering addict and have been clean for a while. About a month ago I asked about a review and a raise and was told they do not ever give raises. I expressed that I was not happy about this. I also would work late just about every day. Once I learned I would never get a raise I started leaving when I was supposed to and not an hour or two late like I had been. Last Friday I went to lunch and I was in the parking lot. I was about to take my medication that I take everyday at lunch when my boss walked up to my car. He saw me with the pill I was about to take, I rolled down my window said hello to him and didn't think anything about it. After lunch I returned to work and went on as usual. On Monday I went to work and a few hours later our manager who normally works in a different office walked into my office and shut the door. She said this is going to be hard for her but we have to let you go, we're firing you because Pat, our boss saw you doing drugs when you were at lunch on Friday. She went on to say that she knows my history and that I've struggled with drugs in the past. I told her that this is ridiculous and showed her the medication I take everyday at lunch and the prescription on the bottle. She called the boss to tell him I am prescribed this medicine. I asked if he is referring to the pink pill I was taking and he said yes, it was pink and then he tells her that I was snorting it and to tell me I'm fired. I told her that is a complete lie, which it is, and again that I take this medicine everyday at lunch and it is a prescription that Ive been on for years and I don't snort it. That is complete BS. I have worked hard to stay clean and I am so offended that I was accused of doing drugs. I wasn't even asked about it or to take a drug test which I would have done in a second. Since I've been there I've received nothing but praises for doing such a good job. Not only from the office but from clients I've worked with. My boss was never friendly with me compared to the two others I work with in my office. He's difficult to describe other than I think he's Moorman and completely straight edge. Doesn't drink caffeine, use any bad language etc. Personally I feel that once he learned I was a recovering addict he wanted me out and this was his way of getting rid of me. Is it legal to accuse someone, or a recovering addict of using drugs and fire you for taking medication that is prescribed and completely legal? I'm in Virginia if it makes a difference. Any advice would be very appreciated. Thank you.

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Patrick, Esq.

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How long should I wait to file a retaliation claim or is my

How long should I wait to file a retaliation claim or is my situation retaliation because since I filed a disability discrimination complaint to the NYS Division of Human rights on April 1, last week, my other long-time supervisor is started being different towards me because she recently embarrassed me in front of my students by walking in the classroom and teaching my students, asked in front of my students, "what am I teaching them, criticize my work in front of the students, increased monitoring of me, demanding that I use her social studies sources, suggesting that she trains me on new techniques, criticizing my performance in front of my colleagues, etc.?

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How much time or 'extensions' does the NYS Division

How much time or 'extensions' does the NYS Division of Human Rights give the 'respondent' to address my disability discrimination complaint that I filed on April 1 because Human Rights told me 3 days ago that the school district missed the deadline to respond.

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Phillips Esq.

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1. Can I fire an employee that came in today to work

1. Can I fire an employee that came in today to work completely drugged out and couldn't communicate; without subjecting myself to being sued? This employee walked into work today pointing at people talking incoherent, sat down and then unapproved walked out of work 10 minutes later. We have no idea if she plans to come back or what happened.2. If not, or if we want to give her a second chance...what can we legally ask of her to support reason she acted way she did? Can we request a doctors letter showing the medication she was taking? If she can't supply medical note; can we fire her if needed?

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Patrick, Esq.

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My daughter was hired by a very large pharmacy, last year,

my daughter was hired by a very large pharmacy, last year, shortly after she was hired I was in the store getting my flu shot and one of the retail "front"employees walked back to my daughter which is a pharmacy tech and told her that "do you see that guy" referring to me and my daughter confirmed "yes I see him" and the "front employee" said I hate him and everybody up front hates him too, so my daughter was shocked and said "that happens to be my dad", so my daughter told me immediately and I confronted the "front person employee" and I made a issue about it with upper management and no one was fired are anything at all as far as I know and so that was the start of my daughters problems with a seemingly hostile work place environment with 2of her bosses ignoring her and not following up with important issues and with little or no communication on company functions etc.and a harassing text from a pharmacist she was working with (which she saved) and many other things etc. that she con elaborate on but basically I was abused by in my opinion and now the harassment has carried over to her and seems to only be getting worse, its a much longer story with more details that need discussed. Please advise.JA: Employment law can be complex. Fortunately, the attorneys we work with can answer any questions you have about harassment, and I'd like to match you with the person who's the best fit. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: no but we need a local lawyer I assume?JA: Is there anything else important you think the Lawyer should know?Customer: the pharmacist told my daughter that the panic button for robbery or other emergencies was not working and was never repaired and the pharmacist said if he would win the powerball back when it was worth a billion dollars he would blow up the place, also my daughter said the pharmacist has such a bad temper that she actually fears for her safety!JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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Allen M., Esq.

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I am a stroke survivor who suffers from epilepsy. I have informed

I am a stroke survivor who suffers from epilepsy. I have informed my new employer of my medical condition which does not require any accommodations from my point of you at this time my job performance from a metric level meaning sales and other measurable job requirements is exceeding goal currently. I have a direct supervisor that has insinuated that my health history may not allow me to do my job up to his standards, my supervisor has also said that because I ask questions other colleagues are concerned that I might not be capable of performing my job at a high-level. The work environment I am currently in is very threatening and is causing a great deal of personal stress which is not good for someone that has epilepsy and has cognitive challenges. I'm in sales and my current sales are exceeding expectations and have for the past two quarters. When I talk to peers and colleagues they feel that my supervisor is not treating me fairly and cannot understand his behavior. My supervisor has asked me if I need any accommodations to which I have replied no I believe I am performing my job at a very high-level. I'm concerned that our personalities are different and that every time I've tried to explain something that he has expressed a concern about it creates a very i'm comfortable and challenging work environment due to the fact that I am questioned about my integrity my motivation and my abilities. I feel that I am being pushed out of my job and I would like to know how I can do a better job advocating for myself or find recommendations for how to address the issues with my supervisor. I fear that if the current environment remains the same or becomes worse my health will deteriorate, due to the fact that I am at a high risk for seizures and the potential for a subsequent stroke. I feel that I have provided as much information legally that I'm comfortable with to my employer, yet the environment remains very challenging. I fear that I am at a point where if I question my supervisor or challenge my supervisors behavior it will make my situation worse I like my job and I feel I'm performing my job at a very high-level. How can I protect myself so that my job environment does not get worse.

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