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I am not sure what area of law this comes under but I was

I am not sure what area of law this comes under but I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and my employer is demanding that I use a CPAP machine. I cannot tolerate it (feels like I'm suffocating at night) and so I did not use it. Because I did not "comply", I was suspended until I put in at least 4 hours a night on the machine for 7 days consecutively. Easier said than done. I've been out of work now for 9 weeks because I cannot get 7 straight days on this thing. The CPAP apparatus is very precarious and subject to disruption very easily. If I toss and turn too much, the mask becomes dislodged or falls off all together causing "leakage". That in turn sends a signal to the CPAP company that is monitoring my compliance via modem that I am out of compliance and that I have to start the whole process over again. The reporting process is flawed, too. I had in fact put in 7 days straight but there were days that showed up on the report as having me not use the machine at all. Seems like this has become another tool of harassment. I also have 30 years with the company this year and they seem to want to just force me to retire like other guys I worked with. This is invasive, inhumane and just plain unfair. This is supposed to be in the name of safety when in fact it makes me more tired and fatigued in the morning after I use it. There are viable alternatives available now like the oral mouthpiece which my company will not accept despite the fact that they can be monitored now too. My union is no help because they are in bed with the company and do not stand up against any grievances. What is my recourse? This has also caused me a great deal of mental anguish. Please help. There are other people I work with in the same situation.

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Allen M., Esq.

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I have been receiving unemployment in Texas. I started a job

I have been receiving unemployment in Texas. I started a job last Wednesday, and it is horrible. Does Texas have a 30-day period where you can basically try to see if a job works out but still go back to claiming your original unemployment? The job I started is not providing me on the job training for my position. They also told me I was hired to be a medical assistant/scheduler, but the people in the office told me I was just to answer phones and take messages Is there any way to go back and still claim my unemployment from my original job?

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Patrick, Esq.

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I was sexually assaulted by a company man in the oil field.

I was sexually assaulted by a company man in the oil field. I got away from him an my supervisor saw what was going on an later that same supervisor sent me to get this company man out of his trailer an then he was trying to grab me an another supervisor saw this but denys seeing it. We all had head sets on an there were three supervisors on location from my employer. The first incident the supervisor who saw it said what he saw over the head set so everybody heard it. The second time when he was trying to grab me the other supervisor just laughed about it but did say anything or do anything

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The owner of the company ask me not to report my injury to

The owner of the company ask me not to report my injury to workmen comp because all my close friends would lose their jobs. He said he would take care of me if I was to lie about my injury, that it did not happen on job site. When I went to the ER, I got a call by my supervisor and he told me that the owner wants me to tell them that I hurt myself changing a flat tire. Now I am unable to go back to work because of my neck, lower back, and severe nerve damage. My boss was going to buy our house in Montana as a settlement, but he has been putting it off for many months now and the deadline for reporting an injury on the job site is approaching. I need advice on how to handle this situation. Reynaldo Martinez.

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Law Educator, Esq.

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I was terminated due to a physical altercation between

I was terminated due to a physical altercation between myself and co-worker where I was clearly defending myself and had no way out of the situation. Having worked for this company for over 3 years in a hostile work environment working with troubled court-involved youth I had earned all yearly increases, promotion to work in a transition therapeutic unit, received monetary bonuses, certificates and awards for my work ethics and going above and beyond to ensure safety and security with both staff and residents. There is absolutely no negative action in my file. The termination letter reads in such a manner that it makes me look like an uncontrollable employee whos credibility, integrity, professionalism and ability to work with youth are irreversibly damaged for a period of at least 4 years. I do not wish to fight the termination but I would like the verbiage used supporting their decision to be erased/changed as it appear that it is defamation of my true character. Any help or direction is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Allen M., Esq.

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I am the manager at a day care base clients. The other day

I am the manager at a day care base for ID clients. The other day after a client soiled a toilet very badly I just went and cleaned it without asking anybody but when I spoke to my staff they said no way would they ever clean it ? What is legal position on expecting them to do it if urgent (we have cleaners in twice a week)JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Actually I'm in new Zealand:)JA: Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: No only happened last week, not a normal thing but I wanted to know if it was reasonable for me to ask ..JA: Is there anything else the Employment Lawyer should be aware of?Customer: Their contracts by the previous manager are very vague. Don't say exactly what they do or don't have to do.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 Employment Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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Sorry to keep bothering you but my husband also works at my

Sorry to keep bothering you but my husband also works at my bar as a manager while getting his master's degree. He has been with is company for over 20 years. He has actually been physically assaulted on many different occasions. My question is, is there any way that he could get a severance package or anything due to the fact that we are having to quit due to the unwillingness of our employers to provide a safe working environment? I know the law is very black and white but I just feel like what they are doing is illegal in some kind of way and it's only escalating and at this point is unsafe for anyone that works there. Is our only option just to quit? We are not looking for a handout or to sue but having to quit would extremely hurt us financially. I have been put on anxiety medicine and have been having panic attacks do to the ongoing fear for my safety. Am I just being a baby and get over it and quit or can I retaliate in some way so that they get the picture before someone gets killed. Sorry for the long questions but at this point I'm more angry that this business puts faithful, good employees in harms way with no regard for anyone's safety.

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An employee works municipality as an equipment operator. He

An employee works for a municipality as an equipment operator. He works in a sanitation department picking up residential trash. He is now being asked to complete an AZ Dept of Corrections application for a corrections officer. This application includes a consent to search, personal background, to list family members incarcerated, employment criminal and substance abuse histories. The reasoning behind this is so that when the City utilizes prisoners from a privatized prison as labor, this employee will be able to "supervise" them. Currently another employee (same dept,) who has been very vocal about vehicle safety and completing multiple vehicle work orders, has now been placed on leave for refusing to complete this application as she feels she is not qualified to supervise inmates. Many employees share the same sentiment that if they wanted to supervise inmates, they would have applied to be a corrections officer. They simply want to run their trash routes. What if anything can they do to protect themselves and their employment?

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Infolawyer

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I am a leadman at a steel fabrication plant. One of the

I am a leadman at a steel fabrication plant. One of the employees directly under my supervision went through my desk drawers in my office when I was not there. he found a package of a product that is used to pass a drug test. He turned me in to the safety supervisor and the human resource manager. They demanded I take an observed UA and then I was suspended pending the outcome. My question is did the employee violate my rights of expected privacy, and did the company compound that violation with its own actions?

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TJ, Esq.

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