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My wife was recently demoted as a manager from her company

My wife was recently demoted as a manager from her company and was told to keep the demotion under wraps, that if the information got out she would be fired. She was told to keep the narrative as close to "it was my decision to step down" as possible. The circumstances involve communication between herself and another lower level employee that my wife is friends with outside of work. In this communication she had some disparaging remarks about the site leader. The information was intercepted by the site leader via chat logs which are saved locally on the machine. The company does not have a policy in place that mentions you're being monitored, so there's no consent to being monitored. They do however have a generic "misuse of company property" clause which apparently includes their workstations and chat logs saved on the local machine. Also, we live in Washington State.The legality of this escapes me and there is a ton of information that contradicts itself by googling. I thought I would ask a professional as I would hate to move on without knowing that there were laws in place that keep this sort of thing from happening. It does feel like she was singled out though, this is the first case in the company where someone was fired over their chat logs and everyone I know says similar things about this site leader.

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I am resigning from a large consulting firm to go into

I am resigning from a large consulting firm to go into operations at an insurance company. I copied some work we did (some of which I wrote) from prior engagements where we helped insurance claims operations become more efficient. These were administrative and operational procedures, nothing related to client finances. I copied the work, thinking it would make my life much easier in not having to reinvent the wheel again at my new employer where I'll be overseeing claims operational efficiency. Today, I was reading the off-boarding documentation for my current employer and understand now that I should not have copied ANY of that work. It's already done. I need to go into my current employer tomorrow and turn in my laptop. I believe they monitor copying documents and I don't want to make matters worse. I think I need to confess up front to mitigate the damage. What would be a reasonable way to try to make restitution?

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Yesterday I was told by my boss that I was being moved to a

Yesterday I was told by my boss that I was being moved to a completely different department that I would have never of applied for in the first place. The position is being forced upon me to take or resign from the company. I have been here for over 1 1/2 years I do not want the position for several reasons: the position is customer facing and the reason I took my current position in operations was to be non-customer facing 2. I know that the pay is significantly less than what I currently make in salary therefore, even them stating that my pay would remain the same, there is noway they would keep me employed once they found a less expensive person to bring in 3. there is alot of turnover in that department and treatment is unacceptable 4. I have never been reprimanded for any reason in my current position forcing me to take another position 5. A reason has not been explained to me as to why I am being moved when I have asked several 6. I am now starting to feel uncomfortable around my superiors in their lack of acknowledgement and mistreatment of me and I feel my only option IS to resign. The working conditions have become unacceptable. I had even asked to possibly be transferred into a department that more equals to my qualifications and was denied. I do not have another job lined up at this time although I am searching diligently but my fear is that if I resign (2 week notice) that 1. they will force me out early and 2. I will not be able to claim unemployment...please help, Tiffany

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Patrick, Esq.

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I took ~5 months off work for a medical issue. During this

I took ~5 months off work for a medical issue. During this time, my company continued to pay me so I did not contest it. Accordingly, I believed my leave was paid. During my leave, I asked the CFO by email:"It's been a while, so I wanted to make sure I covered my bases in relation to my medical leave. I had given [the CEO] a doctors' note explaining the situation and he hasn't asked for anything since. However, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't overlooking anything, as I've been out longer than I would've expected. So please let me know if there's anything else I need to do or should be thinking about"Following my leave, I was let go. For practical purposes, it was retaliation but it's hard to prove. He says he made the decision before I had to take medical leave.Yesterday, verbally my boss agreed to 4 months of severance. We haven't signed anything. Now he's saying that he didn't realize that he had been paying me during my leave and he won't give me any severance, which I think is ridiculous.Q) Can I be liable for that pay? Is it really my responsibility? He says I was supposed to let our HR administrator know. I was never told to do that, and there's nothing about sick leave in the employee handbook. Again, I asked the CFO in a email more broadly if there was anything I needed to worry about.

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Patrick, Esq.

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I am in South Carolina. I filed a civil lawsuit complaint

I am in South Carolina. I filed a civil lawsuit complaint against an individual. According to state law after 30 days has passed, not including the day of service, I can file a Motion for Default Judgement. The opposing attorney has not filed an answer in the Clerk of court but claims he mailed an answer to me. Now on day 34 I have received no answer. If he mailed the answer before the 30 th day, even though I have not received it, does this constitute proper service?

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Patrick, Esq.

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I'm back in Rio on Thursday without Rx's needed. Understand

I'm back in Rio on Thursday without Rx's needed. Understand that this Dr. was my friend for 25 years as well. I would not lie on an affidavit for his side so I was subpoenaed by his partner. told the truth and this is the current position I am in. Do I file a complaint for Patient abandonment since no formal notice was sent by the Dr. allowing me 30 days to find a new physician. Be advised I will work on the games in Rio without any meds which was his program since he would not approve spinal surgery.

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This question is about whether I quit my job or get fired

This question is about whether I quit my job or get fired from my job. Does my medical insurance continue for anther 30 days in the state of Nevada?

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David Stewart

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I have been employed at this company for a total of 12

I have been employed at this company for a total of 12 years. I quit in 2012 but was rehired 2 months later and have worked these ever since. I worked mainly in the parts and shipping departments but was also trained to work in general assembly. Our company has gone through many changes and after training someone else to do the shipping tasks, I was moved to general assembly. I was nhappy with the work environment and my supervisor in General Assembly but did what was expected of me and had no disciplinary issuses warning or counseling. In April of 2016 I applied and was granted time off under FMLA to attend rehab for 30 days. Upon my return I spoke to the General Manager and stated that I could not return o work in General Assembly and asked if I could be transferred to another department. He stated he knew I was a good worker and transferred me to the warehouse department working with parts and shipping. I was recently asked to train another person to do the same work as part of our cross training program. Today I was told that I was needed to work in General Assembly and asked if the other person I trained could go instead as I felt my going back to General Assembly would be detrimental to my health and would set me back in the progress I made since completing rehab. I was told by my supervisor and the General Manager to report to General Assembly. I again asked if there was another option and that if they forced me to report to General Assembly, I would have to leave due to my health concerns. My supervisor went to the General Manager and next thing I knew, HR came out and asked if I was unwilling to report as ordered to General assembly. I said that due to my health concerns I could not. I was then told to gather my belongings and was then escorted out of the building. I feel this was wrong as I had complied with the agreement to come back in another department, stated the concerns to my health by going back to General Assembly and asked for an alternative solution. I also feel this was in retaliation to my taking FMLA and they were just looking for a reason to terminate me.

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Allen M., Esq.

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I was working a full-time permanent position of employment.

I was working a full-time permanent position of employment. I was contacted in a direct, unsolicited recruitment by a company controller of another company who had seen my resume 'somewhere'.I was lured away from my job by this other company with a description of work, and duties described which did not exist. I was hired for Payroll and account reconciliation, in addition to the possibility of other defined tasks and assurances of Long-Term employment, as the position they were recruiting me was necessary to their company. In fact, they made me assure them that i was only interested in 'Long-Term' employment.I was offered the position as described, after a face-to-face interview with the controller and the company CEO.... I resigned my position and gave my employer (at the time) notice, and then went to work for the company that recruited me.I was never afforded the opportunity to perform the job(s) that i was hired for, and was placed into the role of Full-Time Collections, a position for which I have zero experience, and which was never once mentioned during the recruitment/interview for employment.I repeatedly tried to be assigned the duties for which i was hired, and was continuously put off, ignored or dismissed. after only a few months, the billing clerk resigned from that company, and I was offered that position full-time. I declined by saying that I really wanted to do the job for which I was recruited/hired, and was told okay.After approximately 2 additional Months, I was terminated. They informed me that my position was no longer necessary, and I was asked to leave that day. They made it clear to me that my termination had nothing to do with performance nor my work ethic, it was only because I wasn't needed any longer.I never would have left my previous employer if they had told me the truth, that the job I was directly recruited for would never exist, or that I would never be permitted to perform the duties for which I was recruited for.Also, had I known that my position was going to be terminated within months, I would have obviously given more thought to accepting the Billing position offered at the earlier time.They Lied to me, Lured me away from permanent, full time employment with a description of a job that did not, and apparently never would exist. This has caused me great hardship. There are many more details of a possible improper nature regarding this company, but this is the basis of my question.To I have recourse for Fraud or Material Misrepresentation? I never applied for a position with this company, the company controller reached out to me, unsolicited.

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