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Employment Discrimination

Family and Medical Leave during COVID-19 Outbreak: Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)

On March 18, 2020, a new law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed to address current pandemic situations caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Shortly thereafter, on April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) posted a temporary rule offering additional guidance on the new legislation.

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Pregnant Woman

What You Need to Know about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The FMLA is a federal law that allows eligible employees of covered employers to take up to 12 weeks of leave in a 12-month period of time for specified family and medical reasons. While FMLA leave is unpaid, it entitles an employee with continuation of health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Alongside, it also protects your job. Thus, FMLA is intended to maintain a balance between your work and health and family needs.

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Houston

Houston City’s Adjustors Unethically Deny Claims

The O’Hara Law Firm has represented several clients who were injured by Houston employees in car accidents.  In one case, a Houston police officer rear ended another driver at an intersection.  The police officer admitted fault, and the Harris County Constable placed fault on the police officer in the police report.  Despite clear liability, the Houston City adjustor claimed that the police officer was not at fault and denied the claim.  After a lawsuit was filed, an attorney hired by the city settled the case promptly.  Apparently, Houston has a pattern and practice of wrongfully denying claims and failing to accept responsibility for the actions of its employees.

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Cigarette Smoke

Cancer Victim Settles with Employer

The O’Hara Law Firm resolved a case on behalf of its client who filed a lawsuit against his employer for exposing him to second hand cigarette smoke for over a decade.  The lawsuit alleged that the employee developed laryngeal cancer as a result of his exposure to smoke at work.

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Grocery Store Workers

O’Hara Law Firm Represents Deceased Worker Infected with Coronavirus

The O’Hara Law Firm is reviewing potential cases against employers whose employees were exposed to coronavirus and died. The O’Hara Law Firm represents the child of a deceased worker in the food industry who likely was infected with COVID-19 at work.

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Sexual Assault

O’Hara Law Firm Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Peter Nygard

The O’Hara Law Firm filed a lawsuit against Peter Nygard on behalf of a young woman that he slept with while she was a minor. The woman was under the age of eighteen and not old enough to consent to sexual intercourse with a man in his sixties under California law.

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Coronavirus

Employee Death Claims for Coronavirus/Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted millions of Americans, including many Texans. Many have lost wages and work. The number of citizens infected by the Coronavirus continues to grow every day. Sadly, some people never recover and pass away as a result of infection.

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Labor Law

Understanding Your Rights at Your Workplace

Do you know there are federal and state laws protecting your rights at your workplace? These rights, taken together mean that you have a right not to be harassed or discriminated against at your workplace, not to be retaliated against for taking part in a protected activity and to work in a safe environment.

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Tiger

Does Texas Allow Pet Tigers?

Texas likely has the second highest tiger population after India. However, most of the tigers in Texas are illegally undocumented. The New York Times estimates that there are more tigers in captivity in Texas than in the wild globally.

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Hit and Run Injured Car

What To Do After A Hit And Run Accident

A hit and run is an act where a person causing property damage, injury, or death, flees the scene or refuses to stop after a car crash has occurred. In most states, a hit and run is considered a misdemeanor or a felony...

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