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“Name You Know…”

Our firm slogan, “Name You Know, Attorneys You Trust,” is a tribute to our connection with Lake Charles’ rich history and Mayor James “Jim” Sudduth’s tenure as mayor of our great city. A couple of months ago, the City of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Committee unearthed a time capsule that was buried 50 years ago. The memorabilia from 1967 served as a wonderful reminder to us, at Sudduth & Associates, to never forget our roots. James Sudduth, III, our firm’s managing partner, was present during the time capsule’s unearthing and spoke a few words about his grandfather, Mayor James Sudduth.

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Class action filed against Akal Security Inc. over lunch break policy

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (or “FLSA”) was instituted to establish minimum wage, overtime, and minimum age requirements for employers and employees in the private and public sectors. The FLSA was put in place to ensure protection for all in the workplace, making it one of the most important pieces of employment legislation to date. The FLSA starts by stating “The Congress hereby finds…the existence…of labor conditions detrimental to the maintenance of the minimum standard living necessary for health, efficiency, and general well-being of workers…” The FLSA’s gravity and importance in everyday life cannot be understated. Seeing the FLSA at Work Today: The Louisiana Record recently published an article pertaining to a current FLSA class action lawsuit. In this lawsuit, the plaintiff, represented by our office, has alleged that he (along with other colleagues) has been consistently underpaid for work performed while employed for Akal Security Inc. For more information on this story, please visit […]

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Former Domino’s Pizza employee faced hostile work environment

Title I of The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), discriminating against a qualified person with a disability is illegal in the private sector, and in state and local governments. Recently, The Louisiana Record published an article regarding one of our clients and his current complaint against RPM Pizza, LLC (doing business as Domino’s Pizza and Domino’s Pizza, LLC). To hear more about our client’s disability discrimination complaint, read The Louisiana Record‘s article below: http://louisianarecord.com/stories/511087036-former-domino-s-pizza-employee-alleges-he-faced-hostile-work-environment If you, or someone you know, has faced a similar instance in the workplace, please do not hesitate to contact our office for help!

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Who is the Most Powerful Person in the World? The answer might surprise you.

Who is the Most Powerful Person in the World? The answer might surprise you.
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My Insurance Company cancelled…what are my rights?

My Insurance Company cancelled…what are my rights?

My Insurance Company cancelled me but I never got notice…what are my rights? Getting into an automobile accident is terrifying enough. Am I ok? Is the other driver ok? How long will it take to fix my vehicle? What are the costs going to be? Am I going to be sued? Just imagine having these thoughts in your mind only to find out that your insurance company cancelled your coverage days earlier and you had no idea. The good news is that there is protocol here. In order for your insurance company to cancel your coverage they have to follow certain rules. First, written notice of such cancellation must be actually delivered or mailed to the insured or to his representative in charge of the subject of the insurance not less than 30 days prior to the effective date of the cancellation except when termination of coverage is for non-payment […]

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I got this expunged and its still showing up.

I got this expunged and its still showing up.

When you seek employment and the employer performs a background check, the Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA), must follow the regulations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). IF there are errors in the report that caused the loss of employment, you are owed damages and the atorney is owed fees. Under FCRA, the CRA (this is the group that performed your background check for the employer) must follow reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of the information about you. If the CRA fails to do so they may be liable for damages. Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1681(k) when a consumer reporting agency provides a consumer report for employment purposes that includes public record information that is likley to have an adverse affect upon a consumer’s ability to obtain employment, the consumer reporting agency must either: Notify the consumer that the public reord information is being reported, together with […]

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PART I: Can I get this expunged?

PART I: Can I get this expunged?

One of the most common questions I get asked is in reference to expungements. In this hyper competitive and global economy an employer can know everything they want to know about you by looking at three things: your credit score, standardized test scores, and your criminal record. Its a somewhat concerning truth that we as human beings and all of our fascinating intricacies and personalities can be boiled down so simply but it is a harsh truth that must be faced. Your criminal record can haunt you for a much longer time than you may realize. Whether it was a mistake we made when we were young or a recent temporary lapse in judgment, the anchors we drop in the criminal justice system can have very long ropes. Those ropes can hold us back from promising careers, educational opportunities, and rewarding lives. So what can you do to untie yourself […]

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What are My Rights in the Workplace? Continuing Series….

What are My Rights in the Workplace? Continuing Series….

Part of my practice involves workplace discrimination and employment law. The area is vast and the rights are many. However, what I have come to find is that many pepople are unaware of their rights and so I view part of my job here as educational and part as advocate. Commonly known as Title VII, the majority of anti-discrimination law finds its basis in this area of federal law. Many states have enacted statutory regimes that supplement and/or mirror the federal law. Louisiana is no exception in this area. Louisiana has adopted what is commonly referred to as the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law (LEDL), which mirrors Title VII in many ways and has some key differences. First, it is important for people to note that in employment discrimination cases there are very different and complicated requirements for employees who wish to file suit. Therefore, consulting an experienced employment attorney in […]

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Does Louisiana have a lemon law?

Does Louisiana have a lemon law?

Most if not all states have a “lemon law”, and Louisiana is no exception,  however, in Louisiana we are lucky in that we have a stronger law as well that protects consumers known as Redhibition. Many people know that Louisiana adopts much law from our french heritage and roots (in fact people mistakenly say all the time that Louisiana has a “Napoleonic Code”). While we do have a lot of french influence in our law, and we do have a civil code, we do not have a napoleonic Code. Redhibition is a legal term of French root origin which cimply means, “avoidance of a sale on account of hidden defects.” If you buy something with a defect and that not so apparent or “hidden” defect renders the product so useless or inconvenient that you never would have purchased the item had you known of the defect, then you are entitled […]

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Finding The Right Lawyer For You

Finding The Right Lawyer For You

Anytime you find yourself facing a legal dilemma, one of the first things to do is find the right lawyer for you and your needs. As daunting of a task as it may be, finding a lawyer is not hard–just drive down the busiest street in your city and you’ll see an influx of billboards advertising the local firms around you; however, finding the right lawyer could be a bit more difficult. One of the many things we hear from our clients is that they resort to searching the Internet to pinpoint them in the right direction. After a quick search through Google or Yahoo, clients will often times find themselves overwhelmed by the number of choices that they find with sites such as Avvo and Lawyers.com. As great and helpful as those sites are to potential clients and attorneys who advertise with them, it doesn’t make it any easier […]

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