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Old 05-10-2013, 04:33 PM   #241
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No, of course I don't. Do you?
Of course not. But if I were the victim in circumstances similar to what the OP experienced, I'd be finding out what HR wanted before I decided if I needed outside advice. People generally don't need a lawyer when dealing with their own employer unless their job or well being is being threatened.

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:37 PM   #242
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Of course not. But if I were the victim in circumstances similar to what the OP experienced, I'd be finding out what HR wanted before I decided if I needed outside advice. People generally don't need a lawyer when dealing with their own employer unless their job or well being is being threatened.

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The key word is generally. The HR dept in this case has already showed that the doctor gets preferred treatment. A regular employee would have been fired immediately yet she was not.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:49 PM   #243
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The key word is generally. The HR dept in this case has already showed that the doctor gets preferred treatment. A regular employee would have been fired immediately yet she was not.
To me the issue isn't even the firing or not firing. HR asked the OP to hold off on filing a police report. That sounds very unethical, and I would be very careful about anything that HR asked me to do at this point.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:52 PM   #244
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The key word is generally. The HR dept in this case has already showed that the doctor gets preferred treatment. A regular employee would have been fired immediately yet she was not.
How do you know that?
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:10 PM   #245
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When I talked about getting a lawyer it was not so she could sue the doctor for money. It was so she had someone who knows the law to represent her in any meetings. Like any company, they want to cover their rear end. I hope she doesn't sign anything w/out having someone look at it.
Lawyers don't work for free. They sometimes work on a contingency if you sue and win, they take around 40%. They would be charging her hundreds per hour to represent her in a meeting.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:23 PM   #246
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Lawyers don't work for free. They sometimes work on a contingency if you sue and win, they take around 40%. They would be charging her hundreds per hour to represent her in a meeting.
The only lawyers I know of that take 40% are the unethical ones. Around here, it's more like 30%. Also if she signs something that impacts her work, it could end up costing her a lot more than hundreds.
Hopefully, they dealt fairly with her today.
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The only lawyers I know of that take 40% are the unethical ones. Around here, it's more like 30%.
That cracked me up!
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That cracked me up!
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #249
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What's so funny?
30% is so much better than 40%.
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Lawyers don't work for free. They sometimes work on a contingency if you sue and win, they take around 40%. They would be charging her hundreds per hour to represent her in a meeting.
Contingency fee arrangement only apply to tort cases. Like when you sustain a bodily injury as a result of a car accident. If you want a lawyer to sit in on a meeting with HR "just because" you're going to pay the hourly rate.

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30% is so much better than 40%.
Ok, I guess they should work for free.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #252
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The only lawyers I know of that take 40% are the unethical ones. Around here, it's more like 30%. Also if she signs something that impacts her work, it could end up costing her a lot more than hundreds.
Hopefully, they dealt fairly with her today.

Not a matter of ethics at all. The courts of each state have set rules governing contingency fee agreements. In some states a 40% fee is permitted.

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Ok, I guess they should work for free.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:43 PM   #254
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A regular employee would have been fired immediately yet she was not.
Not necessarily, as I said before. At my company you can be fired if you use your corporate credit card for personal expenses. Even if you reimburse the company, you might lose your job. I said "might" because one person I know was fired, but another received a reprimand. It had nothing to do with "preferential treatment" and everything to do with the severity of the offense.

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Sure!
Why not? As long as my landlord, my grocer, my cable company, etc. also work for free.

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