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Meant to send a private text and accidentally sent it to my

meant to send a private text and accidentally sent it to my female manager who has been trying to get rid of me since we started our positions.

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P. Simmons

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I was terminated from my job. the stray cat's in the parking

I was terminated from my job. for feeding the stray cat's in the parking lot where I worked & I was off the clock.. after I was fired they then said it was against company policy. I had no info on this policy & other employees did not either. I was told by a manger it wasn't a good ideal o to that. the cats are even inside the building. now if I was on the clock & knew it was a policy & done it then I would understand

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Dwayne B.

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My father was an FBI agent in DC who was a whistleblower on

My father was an FBI agent in DC who was a whistleblower on a superior in the 1970's during the Watergate scandal. As punishment, the superior was transferred to the midwest, only to work his way back up in a year and a half and become my father's superior again in a different office (Alexandria.) This superior found out my father was taking Lithium for Bi-Polar disorder (then "manic-depression") and used that to try and discredit him, which was successful. My father was never in trouble, and previously had had only accolades, including letters from the President. At the end my father had to fight even to get a partial pension as this superior had made up claims against him. I know this was a long time ago, but I never knew the full story (this is about 1/100th of it) until now and I wondered what the statute of limitations on wrongful, forced retirement in this type of situation would be. My parents had no money to sue at the time, and had to fight tooth and nail just to get honorable discharge. Thanks for your time.

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ScottyMacEsq

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I have been off 4 months after making an employment

I have been laid off 4 months after making an employment complaint together with 3 others re the officer of the company who was my direct supervisor. There were no investigation into the matter. I was moved into a different department and then put on the layoff list. Which I believe was a direct retaliation against me. I am to sign a separation and release letters with very minimal severance in a few days. What are my options here? What could be done?

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Law Educator, Esq.

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I have to send a rebuttal to a employers position

I have to send a rebuttal to a employers position statement,the employer is denying all the claims which include, age;sex; disabilty.JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: IndianaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No,I actually have two seperate eeoc complaints ongoinJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: On the second one, I had applied for the executive director of the Area Plan commission. They had posted that position previously, no qualified candidates had applied,( bachelor degree,or equivalant) plus three years city or county planning.) When I applied, they changed the job qualifications to lower standards,in order to hire the adm.asst. Who has no degree,and just two years of experience in Planning. I have over 18 years experience in Planning. The board of county commissioners in the past three A.P.C. director hires had to ok the recommendation from the A.P.C. board.This time,the A.P.C. directly hired the girl against the commissioners wishes, The A.P.C. attorney resigned after they changed,the A>P>C qualifications the night of interviews as that was the night of the hire. ( There is a meeting tape that was recorded by accident,going from public mtg to executive) it contains several disparaging remarks about me,I had brought a whistle blower act against this government in 1996 and was successful. Really crazy.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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Infolawyer

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Juris Doctor.

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I am 58 years old female worked with the company years union

I am 58 years old female worked with the company for 5 years for the union in Seattle being a union representative in call center.On 6/29 my employer sent me on administrative unpaid leave during investigation on some correspondence/statement they found in media about bad job conditions and possible discrimination of people of color and immigrants in our call center.Director of my call center told they think I let media know because I am one of the representatives of Racial Social Justice Committee of our union and was active in open discussions about discrimination in organization and in our department particularly during our meetings.I am not the author of that media statement, but director of my call center presented me paper that I am on administrative leave until the end of investigation as long as they need.The period on this leave is unclear and employer is not responding on my request to let me come to work or pay my administrative leave. I have two old parents I support and have to pay rent and bills. I also have some health problem after working for 5 years in pretty stressful environment being on the phone for 8 hours a day and need to keep my dedications. I do not even know if I am eligible to keep my health benefits during administrative unpaid leave. Please, advise.Svetlana Plummer

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Dwayne B.

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My supervisor red me as a nurse in workers compensation. She

My supervisor hired me as a nurse in workers compensation. She knew that my background was in medical bill review, case management and geriatrics. She is constantly calling me into her office to discuss why I am not asking more questions. She demands that I send my questions to my colleagues and also to her. I really don't have a lot of questions. If I do go to a colleague and ask a question verbally I am reprimanded and told that I must submit my questions via email. I recently verbally asked a question and my colleague reported back to my supervisor that I got huffy. When she abruptly responded that she did not have time for my question I just said, "whatever I guess I'll work on it later" and just walked away. I would not describe that as huffy. My supervisor also regularly asks my medical director if I am giving him all the information he needs for review of cases. If there is even one thing that I missed she brings it to me as if I am the worst employee in the world (this happens on a weekly basis, sometimes daily)I recently had a situation where an MRI clearly stated that there was a meniscal tear and the medical director advised that there was not a tear and advised that we should not pay the claim. The claims adjuster brought it back to me to find out why he said there was no tear. I told him that was what our medical director said. We went back to the medical director and he again said that he did not believe there was a tear even though it said on MRI that there was. He agreed that we had to cover it because it the said it was there. He said that sometimes doctors will say there is a tear to justify doing the surgery. Personally I think that he did not see the tear the first time that he looked at it. Now every time that I bring a case to him to review, he tries to find something that I missed and point it out. I am starting to feel uncomfortable and isolated at work. What can I do about this?I think my supervisor and teammate are conspiring together and now because I found something the medical director did not see he is now causing me issues. My supervisor states that I have not progressed the way she would like. I have never had any complaints on my claims and I guess I just don't understand what she is referring to. I had a claim today in which the guy was injured when a suitcase fell of a desk and he tried to catch it and injured his lumbar spine. A couple days later he was attacked by one of his autistic clients. When I took it to our medical director he asked my about the attack that was noted and I told him that the gentleman was attacked an his glasses were pulled off and he quit his job after that. My supervisor obviously asked him about the cases I reviewed with him and he pointed out that I did not initially mention that the gentleman was attacked after the initial injury. Even though I did answer him and tell him about the details of what happened. It seems as if they just try to find things to bring to me on a regular basis. I am really frustrated and I feel almost harassed. What can I do?

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Dwayne B.

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I was terminated though I did not have an employment

I was terminated for moonlighting though I did not have an employment contract or non-compete agreement. The moonlighting was offering similar services but was only for 2 former clients of my previous employer. I received a cease and desist letter including not going after their client for 1 year or they will sue for breach of fiduciary responsibility (duty of loyalty?). I have caused them no harm, never approached current or former clients of theirs and it never interfered with my work. I only did it b/c the year before they cut my salary by 20% and made me an IC (then subsequently made me an employee and increased my salary). However I lost trust in them hence the moonlighting. I sent them a letter telling them I know that I have no non-compete but never said I would or would not go after their clients. I also threatened to go to the attorney general's office for their frequent misclassification of ee's as IC.JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: They now what to discuss. Do I have exposure to the breach of fiduciary claim? Should I discuss, I'm assuming they want me to give them a non-compete but they need to give me severance or let me take 1-2 accounts??JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: New YorkJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: I may have a whistle blower case for their frequent misclassification of employeesJA: 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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Allen M., Esq.

JAG officer and former adjunct prof.

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I was with my employer months until today and harassed 15

I was with my employer for 20 months until today and harassed 15 months of that time. The first two months I was sexually harassed. That was stopped but the same man continued general harassment for the following eight months. My supervisor did nothing. Finally someone overheard him tell me how to kill myself and he was fired.Five months went by with only small taunts from a secretary. Day two of employment she introduced herself as a bitch; I kept my distance. This February and March I had three surgeries and was off work six weeks. Within 15 minutes of returning to work her harassment began in earnest and has continued for three months. At hiring I was told not to bother with HR if there were problems with her because she has a relationship with them. They are across the country and only know her by phone. For a year and a half I watched vulgar and unprofessional behavior and was bewildered. She is unusually close to the man on the Board who gave our company the contract as well as with our supervisor outside of work.The harassment has included a call telling me I'm pathetic, multiple tirades down hallways, a liposuction flyer in my locker with areas circled, unsolicited hair removal cream, etc. As I was telling to the supervisor she was behind his back blowing kisses. He didn't even turn around to look.The contract administrator was very friendly with me - too friendly - but I didn't take him up on the offer of a relationship and was tentatively friendly because if the unprofessional behavior allowed this female because of their relationship. While off for surgeries she found out we were friends (nothing more) and has been relentless, told him lies and created a divide. We had a wonderful rapport prior to this. My supervisor, HR and the regional manager did nothing to stop her, even to the point of saying there are no cameras where these things happen. I work(ed) on the SIDA side of the airport, a terrorist could've been caught the first day. I've documented all along and called the hotline. The company is publicly traded so we have ethicspoint.com and a outside Board reviews. I have added many follow-up notes, many.There are so many conflicts of interest at the company there was no help any way I turned. I worked in a control room removed from everyone else and bullied no one. Having been friendly with the contract administrator previously I waited a couple of months to go upstairs to his office. Of course, the secretary was there. She was sitting facing him but turned to look at me. I asked if she wanted to tell him what he's been up to. She instructed him to call our supervisor to come up then asked him if he could tell me to leave or would that be rude. I said more than telling me I'm pathetic?The supervisor left with her. We had been friends so I asked Jim why he would've told her of my interest in liposuction. He asked why would I think that and I responded he is the only one I ever discussed an interest in it with. He said, "What makes you think I didn't do it?" I then reminded him that this all started over a called that never happened. While off work the secretary told him she'd walked in the control room and overheard me talking to a coworker about him. This never happened and HR verified it never happened. He insisted it did and said the conversation wasn't productive. I left.Today my supervisor called me to the office HR was on the phone and said she'd had reports, to turn in my badge and to go home. She would investigate yet I wasn't allowed to speak. Apparently you're allowed to harass and not be terminated, yet after holding my tongue for three months I said two sentences and have no job - at 59.An aside: the contract administrator pursued me for most of a year and a half. We were email buddies and there was definite pursuit, many compliments about my work performance and character. My stance was always I work for him, am older and he has two young children but we were friendly. He's into photography and also sent some pictures of topless women (tastefully done) saying I'd look great that way. I said no. Not sure if this information makes a difference.

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Dwayne B.

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