I am suing my employer in court for wrongful termination. My boss told lies to the state government with the intent to prevent my unemployment benefits. He also said oxymoron remarks to me. Can I sue him individually for defaming my name and character? -- Darlene from Mobile, Ala.
This is a question best asked of the attorney who is handling your wrongful termination suit. I can't tell exactly who your suit is against, a corporation or an individual, or if you are suing in state or federal court. What I do know is that slander and defamation of character are difficult to prove. Adding additional claims to your current suit is one thing, but filing an additional complaint is another. Litigation is expensive. Then there is the question of damages. You are already suing for wrongful termination, but in a slander case, you have to prove that you were damaged. Think about it and talk to your lawyer. Good luck.
I hung out with a co-worker and her friend after work. Late that night, my co-worker and her friend started wrestling around, and he wound up throwing her on my 2012 Chevy parked in his driveway. I've only had four months so far! My car is black, and it was dark outside, so I didn't see if there was any damage. The next day, I caught a glimpse of the scratches and noticed a dent. When I sent a text to my co-worker's friend, he admitted he was sorry and that he didn't mean to do it. Then I told him he had to pay for the damage, and he didn't like that. I am going to get a police report and an estimate of the damage. Please help. I do not know how to take the case to court or to get him to pay. -- Whitney from Bergholz, Ohio
Small claims court may be just the answer for your problem. Take photos of the damage, and get an estimate for repair. Small claims court is an inexpensive way for you to pursue this matter. I am attaching a link to information from the Ohio attorney general regarding small claims actions (http://bit.ly/QMBBsq). It gives you some good information about how to proceed. You will have to file a complaint to begin the action and have that complaint served under the rules on the person you are suing. Keep track of all of your evidence and have it all with you when you go to court.
I was employed as a nurse at the Hampton Health District and had to file a grievance concerning a situation with another employee. The case went to arbitration, and I won. I paid for a lawyer to represent me. It has come to my attention that I should have been reimbursed by the health department for the cost of the attorney since the nurse manager wrongfully entered a letter of reprimand in my record, and it was found that I was falsely accused. I would like to know if the health department should have reimbursed me. Also, I would like to know how to file for reimbursement and if there is a time limit for filing. I no longer work there. Thank you for any advice that you may be able to give in this matter. -- Frances from Hampton, Va.
This is information that you should be able to get easily from the attorney who represented you. You did not tell me how long it has been since the arbitration took place. If you were employed through an employment contract, the issue of attorneys' fees in arbitration may be in the contract language. You should also read any preliminary documents from your arbitration to look for any mention of attorneys' fees. Don't wait, call your attorney and ask this question.
(Jackie Glass is a lawyer and former district court judge from Las Vegas, Nev., who is the new host of CBS's daytime legal affairs program, "Swift Justice With Jackie Glass." Visit www.SwiftJustice.com for more information, and submit your legal questions to Jackie by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Twitter at @theJudgeGlass.)Copyright 2012 by Tribune Media Services, Inc.