Answers Posted By Harold Goldner
It should be noted, however, that your former employer (that is, whichever one you elect to be "former") may be able to prevent you from using "trade secrets" acquired during your prior employment. You should check with an employment lawyer about your specific plans before you commit yourself to any path.
posted Jun 18, 2014 3:46 PM [EST]
Your sole remedy is to file for unemployment compensation benefits.
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posted Dec 3, 2012 3:44 PM [EST]
However, the questions were definitely improper, and violate at least the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act's prohibition on discrimination based upon "family status." You certainly have the right to file a formal charge with that agency, however, failure to hire cases are fairly difficult and expensive to prosecute (even more so if you are unemployed!)
If you want a more detailed analysis and recommendations as to what your next steps should be, you should meet with an employment lawyer.
posted May 4, 2012 5:13 PM [EST]
It is possible that your employer is attempting to ensure FMLA compliance (because intermittent FMLA leave is problematic for employer and can be abused).
If you believe your rights may be violated, you should contact an employment lawyer directly. It is impossible to answer your inquiry, vague as it is, on this web site.
Harold M. Goldner
posted Apr 10, 2012 11:46 AM [EST]
1. Don't expect any information on this site that will adequately protect your interests.
2. Run, don't walk, to an employment lawyer who can assist you in protecting yourself (and your reputation).
posted Apr 6, 2012 11:06 AM [EST]
Answer to Am I entitled to severence?Severence pay is not a matter of right. Pennsylvania is an at will state in which your employment can be terminated at any time for a good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all. If your employer has a formal severence policy, and your termination qualifies, then you will get severence pay. If not, you won't.
Note that many employers who do offer severence packages require former employees to sign documents such as releases which waive subsequent rights. In addition, termination, for any reason, may not terminate your obligations under confidentiality, anti-solicitiation or non-compete clauses.
If you are faced with termination, you should consult an employment lawyer to explore what rights, if any, you have under the circumstances.
posted Feb 28, 2012 10:47 AM [EST]
I have been involved in non-compete disputes where an employee moved from the east coast to the west, yet the non-compete covenants were completely enforceable (and we've enforced them). On the other hand, I've seen instances in which my clients set up shop within a mile of their old employer and the non-compete couldn't stop them.
Do yourself a favor and take your paperwork to a Pennsylvania employment lawyer so you can find out what your rights and obligations are. A competent local lawyer will always check with local counsel in California if that law "trumps" Pennsylvania law.
posted Feb 27, 2012 2:31 PM [EST]