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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 9:11 am on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #DHS, PublicCharge, Refugees,   

    U.S. Citizenship and Green Cards Denied to Legal Immigrants who Legally Received Government Benefits? 

    I was quoted in this news article this week, about a story concerning the administration’s new way of looking at the immigration law’s public charge language.

    Generally, no person may immigrate (other than perhaps, refugees) to the United States unless they can prove they will not become a public charge, meaning, they won’t need the government to support them.

    The administration recently announced that they will be looking at the legal receipt of government benefits as evidence that a person is, in fact, a public charge. The article discusses this in greater detail.

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    Trump ‘planning to make it harder for legal immigrants to gain citizenship’

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/legal-immigration-us-citizenship-trump-policy-stephen-miller-immigrants-a8481606.html

    For further information, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer can be reached at bruce.coane@gmail.com, 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.

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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 3:58 pm on July 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #AgeDiscrimination, #EmploymentLaw,   

    Griffin Dewatering hit with Age Discrimination Charge 

    A 70-year old employee of Griffin Dewatering in Houston has filed an age discrimination charge with the EEOC.

    This Houston Employment Lawyer filed the charge on behalf of my client who worked at Griffin Dewatering for over 20 years. My client stated that when he refused to retire, the company fired him.

    In particular, the charge filed at the EEOC states that he was called in to a meeting with David Singleton (President and CEO) and Michael Bilaki (CFO) and that they “pressured me to voluntarily retire.”  When he refused to retire, about two months later, he states that he was fired.

    The EEOC charge filed by my client also indicates that since the company changed ownership in 2014, “Generally, these new hires have been in their late 20s or early mid 30s at the time of hire,” as further evidence of age discrimination.

    The EEOC investigates charges of discrimination in the workplace. It is expected that the investigation in this case will last throughout 2018.

    For further information, this Houston Employment Lawyer may be contacted at 713.850.0066 or at bruce.coane@gmail.com

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 4:28 pm on June 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asylum, Bible, Immigrant Children, , Separation   

    Separation of Immigrant Children 

    In this video Houston immigration attorney and Miami immigration attorney, Bruce Coane, speaks about the government‘s separation of immigrant children at the southern border of the United States. He also talks about what the Bible has to say about immigrants. Mr. Coane is Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Click to view video.

    For further information, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer can be reached at bruce.coane@gmail.com, 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 5:40 pm on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies 

    Here is an interesting article from the NY Times about pregnancy discrimination and how it is rampant, particularly among large companies.

    I have been handling pregnancy discrimination cases for over 20 years, ever since I got my first case involving a waitress in College Station, Texas. In that case, the restaurant who employed my waitress client fired her when she was six months pregnant, telling her it was too dangerous for a pregnant woman to be carrying a tray full of dinner plates. They eventually paid to settle that case.

    Right now, I have a case against TDECU, where we represent a woman fired during pregnancy.  We received a Right to Sue letter from the EEOC and plan to sure TDECU for pregnancy discrimination next week.

    For further information, this Houston employment lawyer and Miami employment lawyer can be reached at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800, or at bruce.coane@gmail.com

     

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 5:24 pm on May 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #ImmigrationDelays, #Processing   

    2018 Immigration Delays in Work Permits and Visas 

    Here is my latest video where I talk about delays in the processing of immigration cases. Click to view video.

    For further information, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer can be reached at bruce.coane@gmail.com, 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 2:43 pm on May 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Immigration decisions Threaten Rule of Law 

    With the President‘s proclamation of Buy American-Hire American and with “no tolerance” declarations coming from Homeland Security and the Attorney General, the immigration service (USCIS) has been issuing illogical decisions in many cases which fail to follow the rule of law.

    Our immigration system is based on laws and federal regulations. As a Board Certified Immigration lawyer I am hearing reports  from immigrants and their attorneys across the country that the government is ignoring the law and denying otherwise approvable immigration cases. In cases of legal immigrants that were previously approved, such as non-immigrant investors, intra-company transfers and other temporary workers these people are seeing their renewal applications denied. The law has not changed, but the government is too often choosing to ignore the law or otherwise is giving the law a skewed interpretation never seen in historical precedent.

    At my office, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer has seen cases based on clear evidence being denied. The USCIS in many cases is completely ignoring the evidence and denying cases with no reasonable or logical explanation, thereby making a mockery of the rule of law. I am seeing this trend across the board, from deportation cases, to business immigration cases, to immigration marriage cases and to student visa cases. It is also seeping into the political asylum process and every other type of immigration case.

    It used to be that if a case is mistakenly denied or denied because the government overlooked certain evidence, a person could file a Motion to Reopen or Motion to Reconsider. Unfortunately, that process is also being made into a mockery. Either the USCIS chooses to ignore such motions to fix a denial, by letting them sit there for years with no decision (while the person remains subject to deportation while waiting), or they  deny the motion on improper and wrong technical grounds without considering the merits of the motion. At this point, I often tell my clients not to bother with such motions.

    What is an American spouse or  sponsoring company to do when they follow all the rules and receive an unfair decision? For years, the final answer for my clients has been litigation. For many years, I have filed lawsuits against Homeland Security and other government agencies for wrongful denials of immigration cases. While these have been few and far between over the years, the recent uptick in illogical, unfair, and, dare I say–illegal—denials, warrants the need for more  immigration lawsuits to be brought.

    Ultimately, a federal judge has the ability to order the reversal of a decision if it is arbitrary, capricious or not in accordance with the law. I encourage immigrants, non-immigrant workers, companies, American spouses of foreign nationals, immigrant students and others to challenge these improper denials by taking their cases to federal court and asking a federal judge to consider the evidence (something that USCIS is all-to-often failing to do).

    For further information, this Houston immigration lawyer (713.850.0066) and Miami immigration lawyer (305.538.6800) may be reached by phone or via email at bruce.coane@gmail.com.

     

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 5:11 pm on March 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #Trump, Settlement   

    Stormy Daniels and Payment from Trump’s Lawyer 

    While working out at the gym this morning, the morning news was playing on the gym’s television. I was shocked to hear the news anchor claim that a payment of $130,000 by Donald Trump‘s lawyer to Stormy Daniels was unethical.

    Lawyers are required to maintain a trust account for the purpose of holding and paying out money. I pay money from our law firm’s trust account all the time. While I am not paying “hush” money on behalf of a client, I am paying money to third parties such as Homeland Security filing fees for clients, and court filing fees for clients. In addition, large corporations have sent me settlement funds to pay my clients after my clients have signed a settlement agreement where they agree to keep the terms confidential.

    There is nothing unethical or illegal for a lawyer to pay settlement funds from their trust account to their client or to a settling party. In fact, that is the norm. Sometimes I am receiving funds from the lawyer who represents a big corporation, after my client has signed an agreement (like Stormy Daniels did) to keep the settlement terms confidential.

    In settling employment law cases, it is standard practice for the aggrieved worker to sign a settlement agreement that says they will keep it confidential and that they won’t disparage the employer. The employer often is not admitting liability, but is rather, buying their peace, in order for the legal claim or lawsuit to go away. No doubt, this is exactly what Donald Trump and his lawyer did in settling any claim brought by Ms. Daniels, or the more recent Playboy playmate who claims she signed a settlement agreement.

    In my many years of law practice, I have never had a client want to come forward and breach the confidentiality provision or non-disparagement provision of a settlement agreement. Certainly, my clients could make the same arguments as Ms. McDougal of Playboy or Stormy Daniels.

    Historically, when the courts have had these issues, they have required that the complaining party pay back the settlement funds if they now want to proceed with their legal claim. That leaves this Houston employment lawyer and Miami employment lawyer to wonder if companies will stop settling cases if it becomes easy or “fashionable” for workers to take the money and then come back and “spill the beans.” I can see clients saying that, “If Stormy Daniels and Ms. McDougal can tell their stories and keep their settlement money, why can’t I?” If this scenario becomes the norm, it may be more difficult for complaining individuals to settle their cases because a defendant would be unable to “buy their peace.”

    For further information, I can be reached at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800, and via email at bruce.coane@gmail.com .

     

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 7:58 pm on March 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dreamers   

    Dreamers and the End of DACA, with Board Certified Immigration Attorney Bruce Coane 

    Who are the “Dreamers” that we hear about in the immigration debate? What is DACA? I explain it all in this short video.

    As a Houston Immigration Lawyer and Miami Immigration Lawyer, I use these words at work on almost a daily basis. There are hundreds of thousands of young people who got work permits under President Obama’s Executive Order called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

    These young adults, who came here illegally as young children and dream about one day being “legal” in the U.S. are known as Dreamers. Many of them already have a work permit thanks to DACA, but President Trump canceled the DACA program as of March 5, 2018, and these young adults can no longer get their work permits or their legal “DACA” status renewed.

    For more, check out my video.

     

    For further information, I can be reached at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800, or by email at bruce.coane@gmail.com

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 4:59 pm on February 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Judge Releases Orders in Sex Discrimination Lawsuit against Dignity Health 

    Our law firm has been representing a former employee of Dignity Health in a sex discrimination case in U.S.District Court in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The case has been going on for quite some time with a likely trial date for this year. In this case, our client is a male who worked in a 5-person lab at Dignity Health in Phoenix. Our client alleges, and the evidence has shown, that his boss was sleeping with a female co-worker, and then keeping her as a lab employee as he fabricated reasons for letting other male lab employees go. Our client was terminated, in favor of the hospital keeping our client’s boss’s girlfriend, even though our client alleges that he and the other men in the lab were significantly more qualified than their boss’s girlfriend.

    Eventually, the entire lab disbanded, apparently due to lack of funding, with our client’s ex-boss and his girlfriend as the last employees.

    The action that the judge took this week was to warn former OBGYN Department chair at Dignity, Dr. James Balducci, that he must contact our law firm because he ignored a subpoena to appear for a deposition. The judge’s Order states that he’d consider holding the doctor  in contempt of court if he fails to promptly contact us to reschedule his deposition.

    In addition to Balducci being a no-show for his deposition, Dignity Health was refusing to produce documents relating to the termination of the other lab workers. This week, the judge ORDERED Dignity to provide those records.

    Finally, in a common tactic used by company lawyers, Dignity was threatening to send a subpoena to our client’s current employer in Texas, under the guise of needing independent verification of salary, benefits, etc., because somehow the documents we provided and offered to provide just were not sufficient enough. The judge said that Dignity’s lawyer can issue the subpoena, but only if they significantly narrow their request. Either way, it’s certainly the belief of this Houston Employment Lawyer and Miami Employment Lawyer  that this is an intimidation move to scare workers from filing lawsuits, lest their new employer discover that they sued their prior employer.

    For further information, I can be reached at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800, or by email at bruce.coane@gmail.com

     
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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 3:39 pm on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: i9, ICE, w4, Work authorization, work permit   

    Employers will be seeing stepped-up Immigration Inspections 

    In a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, it was noted that ICE will engage in stepped-up enforcement at work-sites, looking for undocumented workers or other violations of immigration law.

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    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Employers-should-prepare-for-immigration-12486366.php

    It is unlawful for an employer to hire or employ a person who is not a citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.

    There are severe penalties for employers that fail to get a properly completed I-9 form from every worker. These forms are just as important as the W-4 or background check done for every new worker.

    If the I-9 form is not properly signed or dated, or missing information, there can be huge paperwork penalties that amount to tens of thousands of dollars. This Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer has defended businesses on such cases in the past, helping clients to avoid huge penalties.

    The other issue is that if ICE wants to, they can criminally charge the employer and arrest the owners of the business if they find any undocumented workers. It is very important for employers to make sure that their workers are all properly documented, or the employer should consider terminating the worker or helping them to apply for a work permit. Even for undocumented workers, there are often ways to get work permits.

    For further information, I may be reached at bruce.coane@gmail.com or at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.

     

     
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