Q: Do I have to file a small claims in the county where the incident occured? Same question for sexual harassment?!
I rented a room in Mount Shasta in northern CA. The landlord abruptly and rudely kicked me out. He still has 2/3 of a month of my rent money plus my deposit. On more then one occassion he sexually harassed me. I now live in Northridge CA.
A: Yes, you have to file where it occurred. There are specific statutes that apply to your situation and they have specific provisions for the damages to which you are entitled if you prevail. You should consult with an attorney about these so that you can file papers that put forth the proper arguments.
A: Sorry to say, unless the business is doing business in Northridge (as in a chain of motels like Quality Inn) you have to go to Mt. Shasta's county seat (probably Redding). But if it is a Statewide business, you might sue them in your local county. Then the issue becomes whether they can change the venue to Redding, issues like availability of witnesses/ evidence become the determiner.
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