Virtual In-House Counsel
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|Associate, Virtual In-House Counsel|
|Defense Counsel, United States Air Force Attorney|
|Asst Staff Judge Advocate, United States Air Force Attorney|
|Brigham Young University||J.D.||Law|
|Honors: Cum laude|
|Brigham Young University||B.S.||Political Science, Business|
|Honors: Cum laude|
|Member, Washington State Bar|
- Overall: 190th
- Overall: 8 Answers
- This Year: 3 Answers
Q. A friend was recently laid off, She was told her job was eliminated. It has instead been given to another employee.
A: Washington is an at-will employment state, which means that those employees whose jobs aren't protected by an employment contract, collective bargaining agreement, or some other similar protection (i.e., most of us) can be terminated without cause (i.e., without grounds) as long as the termination wasn't based on the employee's position in a protected class (i.e., gender, race, etc.). In short, unless the reason for your friend's termination was because of race, gender, age, disability, etc., the termination likely wasn't wrongful.
Q. On lt duty at work on an L&I claim. was told that I could leave, next day I was fired for walking off the job.now what?
A: Well, if you believe you were retaliated against by your employer because you had an open L&I claim you can file a retaliation claim with L&I within 90 days of your termination. You could also consult with a private attorney to see if there are also grounds for a lawsuit for wrongful termination (you haven't provided enough facts to make that determine based on your description). Good luck.
Q. Can an employer be sued if they didnt follow the collective barging agreement. and you are terminated
A: Sometimes. The CBA will often describe what the remedies are the process that should be followed if the CBA is violated. For example, a lot of CBA's require arbitration. I suggest you get a copy of the CBA and see if the Union will represent you or go see a private employment law attorney. Good luck.
Q. WHAT IS THE COMMISSION WHOSE MAJORITY MEMBERS MUST BE LAWYERS?
A: You'll have to clarify your question as there are likely a number of commissions that fit this criteria. Recently a new commission was formed that meets this criteria, the Non-Lawyer Practice Commission, which will have responsibilities related to non-lawyers who desire to carry out certain law related tasks.
Q. Can a neighbor remove my fence from my corner post, wrap and attach barbed wire to my post for his own fencing?
A: A lot depends on the actual facts or your case. Did he replaced your wire with wire of his own (but that still fences off your property the way it was before)? Is he disputing the boundary? I would suggest calmly trying to find out why he did that so you can explore your options (i.e., is he disputing the boundary or is trespassing>).
Q. Field grade article 15 for positive UA of THC, doesn't smoke but have been around in-laws that are heavy smokers
A: You should consult with your local military defense counsel. Under military law there is a presumption that if the substance is found in your sample you knowingly took it into your body. So your best chances of fighting this are by providing an explanation (i.e., someone gave it to you but you didn't know what it was (as long as that's true)), showing that the sample tested wasn't yours (if that's true), or by showing that the chain of custody wasn't followed. These are all very difficult to do through a non-judicial proceeding.
Q. I am in a lawsuit over unpaid overtime, we have the conditional certification and the opt in time is over what next?
A: Are you representing yourself? Perhaps you've already found the answer you were looking for but keep in mind that Washington law does allow you to recoup the costs of reasonable attorneys fees if you prevail in your suit (and prove that your employer wrongfully failed to pay you overtime). A local attorney may be able to assist you in you matter. Good luck!
Q. Our co-signer took our truck from work. We are not in default on payment
A: You asked this question some time ago so perhaps you've already found the answer. The answer to your question depends somewhat on whether the co-signer also had a property interest in the vehicle (i.e., was his name also on the title?). If he is a co-owner then he may have equal rights to possession of the vehicle. If however he's just a co-signor and you are current with your payments I don't see why he would have any legal right to take your vehicle. You should consult with a local attorney if you still need assistance having the vehicle returned.