When You Need Help -What Do You Do?

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  • Wrongful Termination, Unpaid Wages, Unequal Pay, Retaliation, Whistle-Blowing, Hostile Workplace, Discrimination or Harassment

    (FOR EMPLOYEES):

    • Write down notes about what is happening at work that you feel is illegal. A tough workplace isn’t always illegal, but you have a right not to suffer from discrimination or harassment.

    • Keep records of what hours you work if you feel you aren’t getting paid for all of them.

    • Keep notes about what you hear at work that seems harassing, discriminatory or unfair.

    • Talk to HR or your manager (follow your employee handbook) to report any discrimination or harassment. Tell them if you have not received your full wages or benefits.

    • If you see something you believe is illegal, report it.

    • Call an attorney right away if you believe something illegal happened at work. Don’t lose your rights because you miss a deadline.

  • Hiring Practices, Policies, Compliance, Wage & Hour, Family Leave, Disability Leave, Termination (FOR EMPLOYERS):

    • Make sure your employees know your policies and they are very clear. Communication is key.

    • Make sure you have an anti-discrimination/anti-harassment policy that is followed.

    • Keep pay records for the life of the employee’s tenure. Make sure your overtime calculations are correct and compliant with both state and federal law.

    • Document any discipline in writing and don’t rely just on verbal warnings. Keep records of any discipline.

    • Have an attorney available on call for any difficult compliance questions, policy questions and disciplinary matters. A short call can prevent a big headache.

  • Car Accidents/ Motorcycle Accidents / Bicycle Accidents:

    • Call the police or ask someone to call for you.

    • Make sure you get the other driver’s insurance information, name, phone number and address. Take photos if you can.

    • Try to get the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw the crash.

    • Tell the authorities at the scene if you believe the other person was intoxicated based on anything you saw before or after the crash.

    • Seek medical help right away. Do not delay. Make sure to tell your doctor or medical provider what happened.

    • Do not accept a quick offer to settle if you are still getting medical treatment or may miss more time from work.

    • Call an attorney right away if you feel you are seriously injured and need representation. Don’t lose your rights because you miss a deadline to pursue it.

  • Slip and Fall:

    • Ask to speak to someone in charge of the property, store, or premises where you fell. Let them know what happened and write down their name or ask for a business card.

    • Ask to file an incident report describing what happened. Get the names of any witnesses who saw it happen.

    • Take photos, if you can, showing the hazard that made you slip, trip, or fall.

    • Take photos of your shoes and do not throw them away.

    • Get medical help if you feel you are injured. Do not delay. Make sure you tell your doctor or provider what happened.

    • Call an attorney right away if you feel you have been injured due to the fault of others and need representation. Don’t lose your rights because you miss a deadline to pursue it.

  • Medical Malpractice:

    • Ask questions about your care. Make sure you are satisfied that you know the risks of any procedure or surgery before the doctor begins.

    • Do not be afraid to tell your doctor or nurse how you feel if something doesn’t feel right. They can help you best if you give them information and ask for help.

    • Get a second opinion if you have any hesitation about elective surgery.

    • Ask for your medical records. You have a right to receive them.

    • Call an attorney right away if you feel that something went really wrong with your care and you are injured as a result. Don’t lose your rights because you miss a deadline.

 
 
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