November 27, 2014
It can happen for any number of reasons: at some point in your career you may find yourself getting a pink slip from an employer. It's never a pleasant experience and there are times when your termination may not be justified. If you find yourself wondering what to do about a wrongful termination, and what exactly qualifies as wrongful termination under the law, the following tips will help guide you in the right direction.
- Most employment contracts are considered "employment at will." This means the employee doesn't need a specific reason to terminate your employment. However, there are certain limitations. If you have been terminated as the result of discrimination because of your race, religion, gender, age, etc., or that company/public policy have been violated in the process of your termination, then this is considered wrongful termination.
- Wrongful termination exists if your termination is in retaliation for "whistle blowing," complaining, or refusing to commit an illegal act.
- If you are concerned that you may be terminated soon, or if you have recently been terminated, you should compile as much documentation as you can. Get everything in writing and organize your documentation so that it is easily searchable and referenced.
- If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, contact a lawyer and your State Labor Department immediately. Both can help you navigate the services and benefits you may be eligible for.
Losing a job is an experience that can create considerable stress and strain. If you are wondering what to do about wrongful termination, contact us and we will be happy to review your claim and suggest the appropriate course of action to pursue. Contact Stern & Stern to learn more about wrongful termination today.
November 25, 2014
Nobody wants to be involved in car accident, but odds are they will be. Parties involved in car accidents are often shaken, nervous or emotional, which can impede their abilities to take the proper steps.
3 Steps to Take After You've Been in a Car Accident
If you can remember these three steps in the moments following an accident, it will help to get everyone the proper medical attention they need and assist your insurance agent when it's time to file your claim
- Assess personal injuries. Human health and safety is the most pressing priority after a car accident. Call 911 if you or someone else is injured or ask other parties to do so. If you aren't too injured to move, get yourself and your vehicle out of the way of further danger. Turn off car engines, turn on emergency lights and use flares or hazard markers if you have them to alert other drivers.
- Take thorough documentation. Always contact the police, even if it's just a minor fender bender. Identify the officers on the scene by name and badge number. Take pictures from multiple angles if you can. Request copies of the official police accident report. Get the names and contact information of others involved in the accident as well as their insurance information. Also, get names and contact information from witnesses.
- Start the claims process. Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible and provide the agent with the information you've collected. The sooner your agent can begin processing the claim, the better.
At Stern & Stern LLP we handle personal injury claims for auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents, highway accidents, pedestrian, accidents, and railroad accidents. Don't risk mishandling your claim! Take these steps if you've been in an accident and then contact us at Stern & Stern LLP to begin filing a personal injury claim.