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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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Allen M., Esq.

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I reported to HR on 9/12/2016 that I didn't want to hear

I reported to HR on 9/12/2016 that I didn't want to hear about my age and when I was going to retire. On 9/16/2016 HR came into my office and let me go. I'm not sure who to talk about this. I was given a severance package to sign that signs away all my rights to file a case against them at a later date. Help

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David Stewart

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I completed an application for employment in Connecticut. I

I completed an application for employment in Connecticut. I received my signed offer letter. The only requirement was a background check. Can they now also conduct a drug screening or are they not allowed to?

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Do you legally have to accept EEOC settlement offer or better to hire lawyer and sue in court

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I am on H1B visa (work permit) and occasionally receive

I am on H1B visa (work permit) and occasionally receive family support money from my home country. Is that money taxable?

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I have a meeting tomorrow with HR, I injured my ankle, torn

I have a meeting tomorrow with HR, I injured my ankle, torn a tendon after MRI showed. can I choose not to have to drive to work and just sit around at work because there is no light duty (doctor has my restriction to one hr of walking a day) . Can I choose to take a reduce pay (temporary total disability) and stay at home while I await surgery?

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Asad Rahman

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An individual has Bipolar disorder (type 1) and is requested

An individual has Bipolar disorder (type 1) and is requested a reasonable accommodation of work from home. The individual recently returned from STD and the company could only accommodate for a short duration. The company has said it is an essential function to be in the office. It is in the best interest of the employee to find a telework position within the company to maintain stability. Is it reasonable ask the company to notify the employee of potential telework opportunities open now or in the future? The company also seems to repeatedly request sign off from doctors on all requests. Is that legal, it seems excessive?

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Allen M., Esq.

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Is it better to hire a contractor than an employee? What

Hi! Is it better to hire a contractor than an employee? What should I do to hire a contractor? Thank you.

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This is more a labor law question but Employment Law was the

This is more a labor law question but Employment Law was the closest category I could find. I am currently represented by an IAM, machinists union, at work. They also represent two local lodges at our employer's other sites out of State. We have always negotiated our contracts independently of each local with the company so each site had their own collective bargaining agreement. This past contract we were all merged into a single contract and negotiated as one collective bargaining unit. My question is, there is ample interest at our local in going back to independent contract negotiations. Is this possible and how do we proceed?

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