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Possible Wage Overpayment--Five Years Ago

My girlfriend received a lawyergram stating that a former employer overpaid her nearly five years ago, and is just now asking for the money back. She believes she was never paid for that period, and obviously doesn't want to give them money to which they are not entitled. Details below. [more inside]
posted by SobaFett on Mar 23, 2014 - 13 answers

I'm not getting my snack time, and I'm getting cranky.

My state job is pretty blatantly ignoring the state laws regarding rest periods. I have low blood sugar and am finding the conditions difficult to manage. [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Feb 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Professional jobs that require night or shift work?

My parents have always worked night shifts as a nurse at a geriatric support centre, and as a mail sorter for the post office. They make enough money. They've made their schedules work for them, and also raised 4 kids while doing so. Because of their shift work, they do get a lot of time off-- maybe working double shifts sometimes, or three 12-hour shifts in a row, but then they get 3 days off. They also tend to know their schedules a month ahead of time. I do not work well in a 9-5 M-F schedule, so I'd like to know what are other similar jobs to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2013 - 29 answers

Don't want to send my kid sister to jail...

My sister told me about some pretty disturbing and illegal things that she is doing. She clearly needs some kind of help or intervention, but I have no idea how to go about doing that without putting her in jail. I feel totally lost and conflicted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 44 answers

Deciding to transition away from the legal profession-- too soon?

I'm a law student in Ontario, just about done 2 years out of 3. I absolutely hate the academic aspect of it, and I'm pretty miserable. I didn't particularly enjoy the practice experiences I've had either, at 3 different legal-aid type clinics working as a student in family law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. I have invested a lot of money into pursuing this law degree. Should I be giving serious thought to finding something else to do with my life as soon as I graduate, or should I stick it out and work my hardest to try to get a paying job in the legal profession, in the hopes that I will be able to pay off my student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Keep making progress in a shrinking field, or switch gears?

Lawyer getting great experience in a shrinking subspecialty. Work environment has flaws. Have the opportunity to move. Worried about grass being greener, frying pan/fire, etc. Special details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Contract Attorney Jobs

What are the best websites for contract lawyers to find work? [more inside]
posted by 3mendo on Oct 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Law clerk at small firm, partner lost his shit. Stay or go?

Lawyer filter. I'm a full time law clerk and part-time law student and need serious, objective advice regarding my boss and whether I should continue at the firm. [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino on Aug 31, 2012 - 22 answers

We appreciate you enough to give you a discount!

Work Filter: My boss and I want to find a way to let our clients know we have provided to them a discount on our account covering letter to them without sounding like "a douche bag" or slimy. What wording do you use on your letters to convey this? [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl on Jul 18, 2012 - 11 answers

The frat boy won, like they always do

So, this was me. The company came apart, most of us either quit or were fired. I'm sans job, and freaking out; so, should I get an attorney and try to collect on my (still numb and painful) shoulder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 - 8 answers

What should I do if I need to quit before the end of my notice period?

UK employment law/HR filter: quitting a job before the end of a notice period [more inside]
posted by wigsnatcher on May 7, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job.

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Sep 28, 2011 - 60 answers

Paralegals: how do they work?

Should I become a paralegal? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Contracting without a contract

Is the lack of any formal contract normal when starting contracting work for a contracting firm? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jun 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Gray area is getting grayer.

Am I an employee or a contractor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I go about this career change into science?

Used to be a science geek, left it behind long ago, really wish I hadn't. Want to change careers. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by Gaz Errant on Feb 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Should I quit looking in the legal field and become a stock broker?

Out of work law school grad thinking about looking into another career...looking for suggestions....how about a stock broker trainee...? [more inside]
posted by xspot on Oct 12, 2009 - 13 answers

What to do about my excruciating work situation?

What are the best strategies for my current work situation? Question relates to disability, unemployment, and illegal activities (not mine). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2009 - 17 answers

[BigLawFilter] Just been no-offered at Nor Cal law firm, on campus interviewing is essentially dead for 3Ls. Experiencing hysterical panic.

[BigLawFilter] Just been no-offered at Nor Cal law firm, on campus interviewing is essentially dead for 3Ls. What to do? This is going to be long I think but I am on the edge of a panic attack. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I tell someone they're dressed inappropriately at work?

An intern at work is dressing very inappropriately. Is there any way I can tell her nicely to tone it down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2009 - 45 answers

Unsure as to how I should proceed.

The place I work may be going under. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2009 - 13 answers

There should be a 4th "R"- The Real World

Why aren't life skills taught in schools? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Apr 13, 2009 - 39 answers

why do old people run everything?

Am I employed to complete an agreed upon set of tasks or for my time? Building off of that answer can I be fired for being too efficient? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2009 - 32 answers

How can I rise above mediocrity?

LawFilter: How can a person with poor grades and limited experience as an attorney find a good job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2008 - 10 answers

working as volunteer lawyer for prisoners on death row

How can an Australian law student work in the USA (maybe California) for prisoners on death row? [more inside]
posted by inlimbo on Oct 10, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I learn my job?

I'm an attorney. My workplace has little or no formal training. The only time I learn things is when I do things wrong. Are there ways for me to avoid learning everything the hard way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2008 - 7 answers

My co-worker might be trying to get me fired

Co-worker is rude and dismissive because of something I said. Is there anything I can do to prevent her from threatening my standing with the higher ups? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2008 - 5 answers

They slammed me and then gave me a raise.

PerformanceReviewFilter: I got a less than sterling review at work, but I still got a 10% raise. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Please suggest small towns with innovative live/work zoning laws

What small municipalities have flexible live/work zoning regulations? My town's zoning laws need updating. Please suggest smaller cities that have zoning for live/work spaces, so that I can tell my city councilman what to consider. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jun 11, 2008 - 5 answers

car use compensation

Is there a California law on the books that dictates compensation for using a personal car for work related activities? Various Google searches give me endless personal injury attorney links. Thanks!
posted by Brocktoon on Apr 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Am I too old for the law?

Am I too old to go to law school? I'm 33 and . . . [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm on Mar 24, 2008 - 19 answers

...because no one is going to pay me to study. Temp or part-time?

Temp work 101: Is temp work just a part-time job on my own terms? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Jan 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me get the tips I earn!

I've been working as a waitress at a restaurant. People leave tips for the waitstaff. The restaurant takes these tips; I never get any. This cannot be legal, can it? What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jan 4, 2008 - 58 answers

My dire background!

I'm applying for jobs that require a local law enforcement background check, and I suspect that it's turning up information that's [really] detrimental to being hired! What kind of information could they be finding? How could I find out what's on my background check? Finally, is there any way to delicately address these issues in job applications/cover letters without digging myself into a hole? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 - 18 answers

Is there a lawyer on the plane?

[JobFilter] Hivemind, decide how much I should be paid. [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Oct 11, 2007 - 12 answers

Noncompete clause?

Noncompete clause? Will I not be allowed to work in my field for an entire year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2007 - 16 answers

Should I ask my employers if they're being generous or just stupid?

I'm in the UK, working part-time for a large company. They're paying me too much. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2007 - 20 answers

In DC, what can a previous employer who terminated an employee say to a job applicant's prospective new employer?

In DC, what can a previous employer who terminated an employee say to a job applicant's prospective new employer? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on May 30, 2007 - 14 answers

Is our landlord allowed to monitor our internet?

It seems our new office building's landlord is monitoring and logging our internet traffic. Is this OK? [more inside]
posted by negatendo on May 11, 2007 - 13 answers

I feel that I am at a major crossroads in my life, and I would appreciate any input on my decision.

Please help a lawyer decide whether to become a police officer/detective. [more inside]
posted by metawabbit on Jan 23, 2007 - 35 answers

Help me decide how best to utilize 1-3 years between college and law school.

Law school admissions: help me decide how to best utilize 1-3 years between college and law school. [more inside]
posted by gsteff on Aug 25, 2006 - 17 answers

Is this legal ?

Is it legal for an employer (supervisor, and owner of the company) to tell his female employees he expects to be told if they intend trying to get pregnant? This would be in Ontario, Canada. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2006 - 47 answers

Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home

Any U.S. Federal Government employees teleworking? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 on Jan 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Law Firm Realpolitik

Law Firm 101: I start at a law firm soon--can any MeFi lawyers (or other office Machiavellis) give tips on how to survive/succeed? Examples inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2005 - 13 answers

How to move to reduced hours?

LawSchool/Work Filter: I'm a 1L part time night student at a solid (read: top 60 US) school. How do I propose I move from full time to 3 day a week part time contractor? [more inside]
posted by BeerGrin on Oct 11, 2005 - 4 answers

Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone.

Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone. [more inside]
posted by itchie on Oct 9, 2005 - 38 answers

How does a hard-working 20-something go to law school?

I just took the LSAT on Saturday, and now I've got a couple questions. I did flip through some of the Ask MeFi archives, and while there was enlightenment, my top two questions didn't come up. 1)I graduated in '01- what kind of recommendations do they want to see? 2)How the hell am I going to pay for my living expenses while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes on Oct 3, 2005 - 16 answers

How do I find the 'quality of life' law firm?

How do I find a "quality of life" law firm? I'm in the middle of this exciting JD program and I want to figure out how to craft my career so that I don't hate my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2005 - 18 answers

Deadbeat clients, what to do?

When do I call a lawyer? I did some contract work for a small firm that has been unable to pay me. We're way past Net-30, and it's enough money that I can't deal with it in small claims court (about $15k). I'm in contact with them, and I believe that they want to pay me, but simply don't have the cash (I could be wrong). At what point do I stop waiting? Is it worth calling a lawyer if they don't have the money, or is it important to call a lawyer in case they declare bankruptcy?
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2005 - 13 answers

Can My Friend's Employer Successfully Inoculate Themselves Against a Future Laptop-Caused Injury?

A friend of mine was offered a flat screen at his place of work to use in conjunction with his laptop computer. He declined because he is quite happy to use his laptop, and his desk space is at a premium. Later, he was given a piece of paper to sign waiving all rights to sue the company for an injury that might occur as a result of using his laptop. Would such a document actually carry any legal authority? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Jun 21, 2004 - 15 answers

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