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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 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 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

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 10:04 pm on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Citizenship Applications in the U.S. Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens 

    This recent immigration article in the New York Times highlighted what I have been telling clients for many years.

    I have often urged my legal permanent resident friends and clients to become a USA citizen, because having a green card, alone, may not be sufficient to guarantee unimpaired readmission to the U.S. nor may it be sufficient to avoid deportation.

    The simplest of crimes, even where negligent, can cause a lawful immigrant to be deportable. Moreover, rules are constantly changing when it comes to non-USA citizens, and the non-citizen is constantly in jeopardy of losing legal rights, as compared to USA citizens. This Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer urges all eligible green card holders to apply for USA citizenship whenever they become eligible.

    Of course, in these unusual times for our country, the naturalization process to become a citizen has become more expensive, it takes significantly longer and it it is more difficult.

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

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 4:11 pm on October 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    El Proceso de la EEOC – Queja por Discriminación 

    Aquí hay un video de nuestra abogada Melba Rivera, de nuestra oficina en Miami, FL sobre el proceso de la EEOC para trabajadores que están teniendo problemas en su trabajo o que han sido terminados de su empleo basado en discriminación.

    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 8:01 pm on October 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    October in Miami: A Lawyer’s Perspective 

    Here is the view from the office of this Miami immigration lawyer and Miami  discrimination lawyer, today. Our staff is diligently working on our clients’ immigration and discrimination cases from our Florida headquarters in South Beach.

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    While I will be back in our Houston office tomorrow, I personally prefer the view from our South Beach office. Today, I was working on a couple of our local discrimination cases against Kohl’s Department Store and against Checker’s. We are representing clients before the Miami EEOC in discrimination cases against those two companies. Also, we are working on preparing Summons documents after suing Johnson and Wales University in Miami for allegedly discriminating against our client, a Native American at that school. And, finally, we are working on a lawsuit against the Oppenheimer & Co. for religious discrimination where our Jewish client was allegedly taunted with bagel jokes and other derogatory religious comments before they fired him.

    On the immigration side of our practice, I was so pleased to see the approval of our horse trainer client’s case today. We have been working on that case for ten years and it finally got approved. In these times of America First, it is not easy to be getting foreign worker applications approved. However, in this case of the horse trainer from Mexico, we tested the labor market and were able to prove that there were no available USA workers for the job.

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

     
    • Anonymous 3:17 pm on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You are the best Mr Coane

    • Jenn 7:54 pm on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great work, Bruce!

      On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Coane and Associates, PLLC wrote:

      > Coane and Associates,PLLC posted: “Here is the view from the office of > this Miami immigration lawyer and Miami discrimination lawyer, today. Our > staff is diligently working on our clients’ immigration and discrimination > cases from our Florida headquarters in South Beach. While I will” >

  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 9:57 pm on October 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    El Viaje Mundial pronto estará Limitado. 

    La administración de Trump sigue cerrando las puertas a un país tras otro de visitar a los Estado Unidos. Primero empezó con gente de Irán, Libia, Yemen y otros países Musulmanes. Después, la administración corto visas para ciertos oficiales de gobierno y familias de Venezuela. Luego vino Cuba, y la última semana fue Turquía.

    Algunos países como Turquía se están defendiendo. Después de que los Estado Unidos anuncio que dejaría de darle visas a residentes Turcos, el país de Turquía corto todas las visas para Americanos. Entonces, para todos los que vuelan por Aerolíneas que hacen un paro en Estambul, olvídate de pasar unos días en Estambul porque los Americanos ya no van a poder salir de las instalaciones del aeropuerto.

    Los Estados Unidos también les cortaron visas a ciudadanos de Cuba cuando retiraron a empleados americanos de la embajada por preocupaciones de salud. La pregunta es: ¿Qué país seguirá? Seguramente ha de haber una manera de resolver disputas internacionales sin tener que cortas visas de entrada entre países. Pero puede ser que la administración está buscando excusas para cortar más y más visas de otros países para controlar y limitar la entrada de extranjeros a los Estados Unidos y asegurar que los trabajos vayan a Americanos.

    En la vista de este Licenciado de Inmigración en Houston y Licenciado de Inmigración en Miami, será muy interesante ver si este patrón seguirá en las semanas que vienen.

    Para más información, pueden contactarme a bruce.coane@gmail.com o llamar 713.850.0066 y 305.538.6800.

     
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