Family Law FAQ
- I have just been served with a Divorce and Custody Complaint. What action should I take?Open or Close
You should contact a lawyer at once. All custody orders are subject to modification. A Hearing will be held to determine what is in the best interests of the child or children. You need to prepare for such a Hearing.
- My former spouse has informed me that he or she plans to move to another state and take my children to that location. What can I do to prevent such an occurrence?Open or Close
Pennsylvania law has developed several criteria to govern relocation. You need to meet with a lawyer who can explain these parameters to you so that you may defend against such a move.
Labor and Employment Law FAQ
- I work in an environment in which racial epithets and sexual innuendoes are pervasive. It makes me feel uncomfortable. What can I do about this?Open or Close
Federal and state civil rights laws protect against a racially or sexually hostile work environment. You may file a Complaint with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.) or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and later sue in federal court.
- My employer has denied me leave to be with my child for a serious health matter or refused to give me my old job back. What is my recourse?Open or Close
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees twelve (12) weeks of leave for each year of employment for serious family health matters where the employer has fifty employees within a seventy-five mile radius. This is a federally protected right, but there are some restrictions. You should consult a lawyer in order to determine your entitlement.
- I believe that my job is in jeopardy, as I am the subject of an investigation and I have been “written-up” in the past. What are my rights?Open or Close
If your employer has a discipline policy, it must be strictly adhered to. It is far preferable to obtain legal representation prior to termination. A lawyer may assist in negotiating a severance package or may successfully challenge a termination decision. Review any Employee Handbook which may have been issued by the employer.
- I am a female employee and males doing the same job as me get paid more than I do. I have complained to my superiors who have promised to look into it, but nothing has happened. What can I do?Open or Close
The federal Equal Pay Act requires female employees performing substantially similar work as their male counterparts to be paid the same amount. Federal law permits such individuals to go directly into federal court in order to remedy such an inequitable situation. Back pay awards are common for violations of this law.
- I have been the victim of sexual harassment, but am reluctant to do anything about it because I fear retaliation. What are my rights?Open or Close
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects you from retaliation because you have reported any instance of harassment. Punitive damage awards ranging in the six and seven figure category have been returned by juries upset by such retaliation. You are protected by federal law even when your underlying claim of harassment has been determined to be invalid.