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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 9:39 pm on January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Empleo a Voluntad y Terminación Injusta 

    Aquí hay un video de nuestra abogada de Discriminación en Miami, Melba Rivera, habla sobre Discriminación, Empleo a Voluntad y leyes de Terminación Injusta.

    Para más información nos pueden contactar al 713-850-0066 o al 305-538-6800, también pueden mandar un correo electrónico a bruce.coane@gmail.com.

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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 9:08 pm on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #ElSalvador, #TemporaryProtectedStatus, , TPS   

    My Television Interview this week about Immigration Law 

    Earlier this week, I appeared on Houston’s CBS affiliate during the evening news, in connection with a story about TPS for El Salvadoran immigrants.

    TPS is Temporary Protected Status, and the Trump administration this week announced it was ending TPS for El Salvadorans in September 2019. Once the program ends, the Salvadorans who are here with legal work permits, will find themselves undocumented and out of status.  Hopefully, before that date, Congress will come up with a solution so these individuals can stay here with their American families, employers, etc.

    In the video, this Houston Immigration Lawyer and Miami Immigration Lawyer mentions some potential solutions. The last thing I would tell my El Salvadoran clients is to pack their bags, sell their home and car, and be ready to leave. Our immigration system does not work that way, so there is no emergency need to take immediate action. On the other hand, Salvadorans as well as any other nationalities who have had their TPS status terminated (Haitians and Nicaraguans) should get proper legal advice on how to take necessary steps to legally stay and work in the USA.

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

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 3:21 pm on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Religious Discrimination case filed against Continental Real Estate Companies of Coral Gables 

    We recently filed an EEOC charge of employment discrimination based on religion and retaliation, against a Coral Gables company, Continental Real Estate Companies.

    The religious discrimination and retaliation charges arise out of a warning that our client got when she was first hired at the company, namely, do not discuss your Christian religious beliefs at work, according to the EEOC charge. Our client was told this, she states in the EEOC charge, by Luis Bertot, her Buddhist supervisor.

    A few months later when our client reported to Bertot about an offensive picture frame on a co-worker’s desk referencing Satan, Bertot fired her that same day, according to the EEOC charge.

    This Miami Employment Lawyer regularly files charges of discrimination with the EEOC on behalf of workers who were allegedly terminated in violation of civil rights laws. For further information, I may be reached at 305.538.6800 or bruce.coane@gmail.com.

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 4:56 pm on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Pollo Tropical sued for Sex Discrimination and Retaliation-Company Claims Fired for Serving Expired Chicken 

    This has been a busy month at our law firm, filing employment discrimination lawsuits. A little over a week ago, I filed a lawsuit on behalf of my client against his former employer, Pollo Tropical. The lawsuit states that my client was discriminated against because of his sex and fired in retaliation for complaining about it.

    My client worked as a General Manager of a Pollo Tropical store in Pearland, Texas. While all seemed to be going well with his job performance and while recent store audits scored over 90%, my client states that he noticed that female managers were getting reviews and raises but he was getting neither. When he complained to Angel Cortes his District Manager and then to Chad Brown in the HR department, it is alleged that they made excuses but did not take any steps to equalize the situation.

    Instead of treating my client with the same level of fairness by giving him a review and a raise, the company, through Cortes, chose to fire him, the lawsuit alleges.  When my client asked Angel Cortes why he was fired, Cortes says it was due to policy violations, according to the lawsuit.

    When my client of this Houston Employment Lawyer and Miami Employment Lawyer confronted Mr. Brown about his termination, Brown says that he was fired “for changing the dates and labels of raw marinated expired chicken and thereby serving expired chicken to customers of Pollo Tropical,” according to the lawsuit. My client was aghast at such an allegation and denies that he did any such thing. If Pollo Tropical was serving expired chicken to its customers, my client denies having any knowledge of it, and says that the company was making up a reason to fire him in retaliation for complaining about discrimination.

    The lawsuit is pending in the U.S.District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the first hearing will be coming up in April of 2018. A jury trial is likely to be scheduled for sometime in 2019.

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

     

     

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 4:05 pm on December 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Home Depot Sued for Job Harassment and Discrimination 

    Our law firm filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of our client, and against Home Depot. The federal court lawsuit alleges job harassment because of our client’s race, national origin and age.

    Our client, age 62, was a happy employee of Home Depot for over 20 years. The staff at Home Depot enjoyed working  with our client and all was well until our client transferred to the Little York store in Houston. There, his store manager was Thomas Willtrout, and that is when the problems began.

    In his lawsuit, our client alleges that Thomas Willtrout, his store manager, told him that he was “old and slow,” and that he “did not know anything about technology.” In addition, Willtrout, who is white, allegedly made fun of our client’s Indian-Carribean accent in front of customers and co-workers. Further, it is alleged that Willtrout would pretend that he could not understand our client whenever he spoke to Willtrout.

    Our client also states that when he asked Willtrout to stop harassing him and making fun of him because of his age and national origin, that Willtrout said, “I’m the f***ing manager, I can do what I want.”

    Following that exchange, our client states that he complained about the discrimination to Mervin Alphonse (District Manager) and Pamela Holland in Human Resources. They apparently initiated an investigation, but Willtrout remained as our client’s manager.

    In May of 2016, our client states that Willtrout confronted him about the complaint to HR and told our client that he is “unhappy about that.” The following month, Willtrout gave our client a written warning, and in August of 2016, Willtrout fired our client, allegedly in retaliation for his complaint to HR and the District Manager. His 20+ years at Home Depot came to a very sad end.

    The lawsuit is currently pending in U.S. District Court in Galveston, with the first hearing set for April 12 of next year. This Houston employment lawyer is representing the worker in his case against Home Depot.

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

     

     
    • Helen Surovek 2:36 pm on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Simply another “ME TOO!” of another category. Outrageous! I LOVE impersonating accents of people I meet in good hearted fun when we can all share a laugh. NOT impersonation for ridicule. A MAJOR difference. As a Manager, one, in my humble opinion, is not a co-worker, per se. Another dimension of co-working authority. Again, in my humble opinion, this is disgraceful! My grandparents had a thick Eastern European accent. As children we were always teaching them the proper pronunciations of certain misspoken words as well as helping them with their cursive and spelling. Simply translated: learning. NO making fun! NOT ALLOWED!
      TO have and use the authority to FIRE someone for exercising their right to report this ‘discriminating’ behaviour to HR is OUTRAGEOUS! Does it not go against the very right of an employee to have a reporting process? If not, WHY HAVE AN HR DEPT at all? Is HR there for compliance only. No true reason, just to exist?
      The person that should be in the line of the fire is the manager that exercised his right to fire. This is an unjust treatment of an otherwise stellar employee of 20 years within the same company. To be told ” old and slow” as well as citing ‘knowing nothing about technology” is also more than inappropriate. Have a learning session with the “old” as they do with the ‘young.’ I’m betting there are systems in place that MUST be learned?
      And…disgraceful to spout “I am the f…… manager. I can do what I want.”
      First of all, the language is unacceptable from ANYONE, especially Management! The culture of Management being able to do ‘what they want’ is NOW scrutinized, as it should be.
      Please have Home Depot accountable. Shameful they are so large HD cannot truly manage and govern their management. Shameful!

    • Coane and Associates,PLLC 5:23 pm on December 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for sharing your insights and thoughts.

  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 5:17 pm on December 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    U.S.Immigration Laws: Do Not Enter! 

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    It didn’t take long after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Muslim travel ban, that I got a frantic email today concerning a Pakistani Muslim woman stopped at the Houston airport and banned from entering the U.S.

    This is despite the fact that she has a valid visitor visa and that Pakistan is not even on the list of banned Muslim countries.

    Prior to yesterday’s court ruling, I had already seen an uptick in unusual denials of visitor visas at USA embassies abroad. Frequent travelers who have had visas before have been going for renewals and finding that they are arbitrarily denied, and  they are being asked obscure questions about prior visits.

    While the travel ban is limited to just a handful of countries, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer states that the practical effect is that Muslims in all countries are likely to have a much more difficult time getting a visa or entering the country. The “America First” policy, however, is not limited to excluding Muslims. I have recently seen visas denied to individuals from Ukraine, Africa and other places, where those same people had visas in the past.

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

     

     

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 8:26 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Wrongfully Fired for Sex Harassment? 

    On the front page of today’s newspaper, I was reading an article about Matt Lauer of the Today Show, who was the latest well-known man fired for sex harassment. Who will it be tomorrow? No doubt, Human Resource professionals are furiously investigating these claims on a daily basis.

    I have handled sex harassment cases for many years and I have represented men and women who were harassed, and I have also represented the alleged harasser.

    There was a time where this Houston Employment Lawyer would send my female clients for a polygraph exam, if the harasser was denying that he did any of the things he was accused of.  Nowadays, that seems unnecessary, as employers and their Human Resources departments are all jumping on the bandwagon of weeding-out harassers immediately. And, of course, we live in different times where there is typically compelling electronic evidence such as text messages, instant messages, emails, etc.

    I met with a potential client last week who lost his job because a co-worker said he touched her inappropriately.  The man professed his innocence, yet he was terminated the same day.

    It seems that many employers are taking a zero tolerance view and that if anyone complains about sex harassment, the alleged harasser will be quickly fired.

    Earlier this year, I got to meet the woman who wrote the book on sex harassment, Gretchen Carlson, formerly of Fox News. In her book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, she gives encouragement to women who are victims of sex harassment.

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    The federal laws that deal with sex harassment come from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and they allow victims of sex harassment to bring legal claims in court, after they first complain to the EEOC. Many of these cases are settled out of court and confidentiality agreements prevent victims from discussing the facts.

    At our Houston employment lawyer firm and also at our Miami employment lawyer firm, we represent victims of sex harassment, as well as victims of false harassment claims.

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

     
    • HeKen Surovek, Resltor 10:53 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your posts are always current on topic. Appreciate your share g the legal aspect & civil rights data.
      Thanks.
      Wishing you and yours a Happy Hanukkah!

    • Coane and Associates,PLLC 10:58 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you! Happy Holidays.

  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 9:23 pm on November 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Discrimination Lawsuit against CVS 

    https://setexasrecord.com/stories/511248602-loader-alleges-cvs-pharmacy-inc-terminated-him-after-on-the-job-injury

    This is a story that was recently published about a discrimination lawsuit we filed against CVS. Our client states in the lawsuit that he was treated unfairly and discriminated against by CVS when they fired him from his job. The lawsuit is pending in U.S. District Court in Houston. No trial date has been set but it is expected to receive a trial date for 2018 or 2019.

    This Houston Employment Lawyer files federal discrimination lawsuits and cases against companies throughout the United States. For further information, I may be contacted at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800, or via email at bruce.coane@gmail.com.

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 9:57 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Immigration and Employment Law Update-November 17, 2017 

    Here is a video that I shot in Madagascar in 2015, where I am talking about the Affidavit of Support which is required in many immigration cases. I talk about the misconception that people have where they think they must earn a certain income in order to file a visa petition or to “sponsor” a family member or foreign spouse. This is still a common issue, and the reality is that no job is required to sponsor a family member or spouse.

    In other news, I was at Immigration Court in San Antonio this week representing a client who has DACA through 2019. For some strange reason, the ICE lawyer decided to start prosecuting my client again, despite the fact that he has DACA status and a work permit until 2019. I asked the ICE lawyer and the judge to close the case due to the fact my client is in valid DACA status. They said they would consider it. We shall see.

    Talking about strange activities in the area of immigration law, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer has noticed a significant delay by the government in the processing of all immigration cases. Work permits that used to take 20 to 40 days, are now taking 6 months. Naturalization cases (to become a U.S. citizen) that used to take four months are now taking well-over a year. I have also noticed a new harshness in visa processing abroad. I heard from one of our clients today that he tried to renew his visitor’s visa in Ukraine this week, and was denied. There seems to be a district effort to cut down on the number of foreign visitors to our country.

    In more promising developments in the world of immigration, one of our African clients got his EB-1 extraordinary worker case approved today. Like many of our clients, he works in the oil industry, and now, he and his family will all be getting green cards. I am very happy for them. The EB-1 category is a fast way to get a green card (less than one year). While many of our clients get it because of their experience in the oil industry, we have also done it for teachers, dancers, engineers, researchers, physicians, body shop workers and even an astronaut.

    On the employment law side of our law practice, we are bracing for all the new federal judges and appellate judges. Sadly, there is no reason to believe that they are going to have much sympathy for our clients who are the victims of harassment and discrimination. Despite that, I am confident that we will continue to have success in representing our clients with their meritorious cases.

    I should also mention that our law firm represents clients in employment law and immigration law all across America. While we may be based in Florida and Texas, we do federal law cases, which allows us to practice in all 50 states. I’ll be visiting Connecticut and Wyoming in the next 30 days on two of our cases, and we welcome referrals from across the country.

    Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the daily news reports of sex harassment in the news. Our law firm has represented sex harassment victims for over 30 years. In order to have a winnable case, it is very important to report the sex harassment to Human Resources or the  appropriate authority within the company. While there may be some exceptions, reporting sex harassment and keeping records about it is critically important.

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

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 10:22 pm on November 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Las solicitudes de ciudadanía se disparan en EE. UU. conforme se endurece el discurso sobre la inmigración 

    https://www.nytimes.com/es/2017/10/31/solicitudes-ciudadania-eeuu-inmigracion/?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&module=Translations&region=Header&version=es&ref=en-US&pgtype=article

    Este reciente artículo de inmigración en el New York Times destacó lo que les he estado diciendo a los clientes durante muchos años.

    A menudo he pedido a mis amigos y clientes permanentes legales que se conviertan en ciudadanos de EE. UU., Ya que tener una tarjeta verde,  puede no ser suficiente para garantizar la readmisión sin daños a los EE. UU. Ni puede ser suficiente para evitar la deportación.

    El más simple de los crímenes, incluso cuando es negligente, puede causar que un inmigrante legal sea deportable. Además, las reglas cambian constantemente cuando se trata de ciudadanos que no son estadounidenses, y el no ciudadano está constantemente en peligro de perder sus derechos legales, en comparación con los ciudadanos de EE. UU. Este abogado de inmigración de Houston y abogado de inmigración de Miami insta a todos los titulares de la tarjeta verde elegibles a solicitar la ciudadanía de EE. UU. cuando sean elegibles.

    Por supuesto, en estos tiempos inusuales para nuestro país, el proceso de naturalización para convertirse en ciudadano se ha vuelto más caro, lleva mucho más tiempo y es más difícil.

    Para obtener más información, me pueden contactar a bruce.coane@gmail.com o en Texas al 713.850.0066 y en Florida al 305.538.6800

     
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