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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Civil Rights and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: Verbal and sexual harassment at a union job. Terminated after filing sexual harassment complaint.

Here are a few bullet points of what occurred:

1. Verbal & Sexual Harassment

2. Unpaid hours every week due to archaic system; and I can’t prove it since I was told to report hours worked to management, who didn’t consistently report my time to payroll.

3. Vehicle... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 6, 2021

In regard to bullet point 4 only, assuming you reported the injury within 120 days, and a period of less than 3 years has past since the date of injury, you may still have a claim for workers' compensation benefits which may provide payment of medical as well as wage loss benefits despite your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: I am paralyzed, I have MS

I am paralyzed, I have MS

I am indigent, as the judge said, Ms Ford makes nine times as much as I do, and she can afford private counsel.

I have advocated my position on previous counsels failure to file the mandatory disclosure upon filing in accordance with the rules for months.... Read more »

Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on May 5, 2021

Hi, it is not clear what your question is. However, you may want to see if you can obtain the assistance of an attorney from a local Legal Aid society in your county. Alternatively, contact your local bar association to see if there are any pro bono attorneys. Additionally, your local courthouse... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: My husband was arriving in 11/18 I hired a lawyer he did not help my husband he wanted him to plea guilty,

What options does he have,he was assaulted by the arresting officer

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 5, 2021

MUCH MORE INFO NEEDED.

IS 11/18 .......2018?

BECAUSE YOU HIRE A LAWYER DOESN'T MEAN YOU WILL GET OFF FROM THE CHARGES. A LAWYER FORCES THE DA TO MEET THEIR BURDEN OF PROOF. WHETHER THE CLIENT DID THE ACT OR NOT IS NOT THE ISSUE. IT IS WHETHER THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO...
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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Business Law, Civil Rights and Collections for Florida on
Q: Can I chain a customers boat to the dock for non payment?

I own a commercial diving business that does underwater hull cleaning and yacht maintenance. I had a customer bring his boat to the marina where I am currently staying on my own boat. After I took care of his boat he didn't show up to pay me or get his boat at the time we agreed. Rather than... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 3, 2021

Only a Florida attorney could advise you on your specific question. But you posted under Admiralty/Maritime Law, and under U.S. maritime law, a remedy that is sometimes applied in settings where vessel interests owe money is a maritime lien. This comes up in ship mortgages, vessel collisions, crew... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it res judicata if a petition for protective order is the same as one 3yrs before?

a protective order was dismissed in a protective order trial for insufficient evidence in 2013 in tulsa on its merits. In 2016 in creek county almost identical merits were made in the petition. Is that dealing with subject matter jurisdiction? Because the petition was granted in 2017 barring an... Read more »

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

You asked a lot of questions that would take quite a bit of time to explain. Putting it simply and reading between the lines some here, I'll say this...

VPOs under the Protection from Domestic Abuse Act in Oklahoma can be filed in the county where the domestic violence happened, where...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Oklahoma on
Q: Did judge deny me due process by setting a review hearing?

A judge in creek County ordered a emergency protective order to be transferred to tulsa to be heard in conjunction with pending FP case due to minor child listed. Creek County judge then sets a review date to be back in his court 90 days from then. Petioner never set a hearing in tulsa. Tulsa... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on May 3, 2021

Combining a VPO with a paternity or divorce case is common. After the cases were consolidated, was a hearing set (by either party) to address both matters in the paternity case?

Did the parties have attorneys or was this a pro se deal gone wrong?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO??

Disabled, w/out an Advocate or ATTY; Fearful of making wrong decision

45 yro, No Evictions, Owned Homes, Gainfully Employed, until:

Displaced by COVID after 4 yrs of caring for a parent, all savings expended.

Moved to Richmond; No SSDI, Unemp, absolutely zero aid or... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on May 1, 2021

Based on your financial condition, you should call Northern Virginia Legal Services on Monday for assistance. They are pro bono attorneys and may be able to help you with your current situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: LANDLORD FILED AN EVICTION AFTER TENANT ASKED FOR COVID RENT RELIEF; RENT WAS STILL TIMELY. WHAT CAN I DO?

LL wont cooperate with Tenant in COVID Rent Relief Pgm (Reqd by Va and CDC Moratorium Rules)

Managed to get Eviction DISMISSED BUT:

How can I force them to cooperate with RRP before resource pool is depleted!

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on May 1, 2021

The likelihood to force anyone to do anything these days is slim to none. You may be able to file a formal complaint against the landlord with the Office of the Virginia Attorney General in Richmond, VA.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Probate on
Q: My mother's estate was never wind up. My father wants to sell the house.

We never reported the estate. He wants to sell the house for his benefit. My sister is 23 and lives in the house with him. He informed her yesterday that she needs to pack her stuff and move today. She has no where to go what is her rights and what can she do. I have all my mother's documents... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on May 1, 2021

A lot of missing information here. Where is this? What state? Did your mother have a will? If so, what did it say? How is the house titled now?

Regardless, in the long run your sister will not be able to prevent a sale if your father is determined to sell and uses the correct...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: My case is on appeal to the appellate court. If I lose can I appeal to the 9th circuit? Law is unconstitutional. .

Law is unconstitutional. Violates first amendment. Ca Penal code 302a

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Apr 30, 2021

If your case is on appeal to the California court of appeal, you cannot appeal to the 9th Circuit court of appeals. Appeals to the 9th Circuit must come from cases decided in the United States District Court. You should be discussing these issues with your own lawyer, that is, whoever is handling... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I'm the Landlord,my rental contract between both parties has expired in 2017.Although the contract has not been re-signe

We still maintain the rental relationship.Recently,due to the damage of the house.Tenant is unwilling to take responsibility for repairs.But in our old contract,these damages should be repaired by the tenant.Can I ask him to take responsibility for repairs,even if our contract has... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Apr 29, 2021

When the original term of a lease expires and the tenant stays in the property, the tenant does so under the same terms as the original lease, but becomes a month to month tenant. Your lease appears to have an increased rent amount, but if you've been accepting rent under the old rate for 2-3... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for California on
Q: Could you help me obtain who to contact about my settlement that I never received or notified about in the Class action

Lawsuit Cozzitorto vs AAA of Northern California. The trial took place in Contra Costa county, California

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Apr 28, 2021

You should have submitted your claim prior to the deadline to do so in the class action lawsuit after the settlement was approved by the court. I was unable to find the Claims Administrator for you, but you may be able to contact the law firm which represented the plaintiffs. You can locate them by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: If you beat a case but did year or more in process of beating the case, can you sue from time taking away from you?

If you don’t have a valid identification card what rights do you have as a inmate and a non inmate

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Apr 28, 2021

I can answer your first question, but your second question makes no sense. If you "beat" a criminal charge due to acquittal, dismissal by the Court, or the prosecution dropping the charge, and without a plea bargain, you may have potential claims for money damages for false arrest/false... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Your legal Rights have been taken away by state and Federal laws paid for by large corporations?

I went to Ask for Help with a Legal Firm about A Case regarding My Health and Access to my Personal Medical Records!

I explain my case to the Lawyer assistant and a couple days later I Got a Letter Citating this on The Information!

"You have a Case and is known as statues of... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 28, 2021

The statute of limitations is a deadline to start a case or forever lose the right to start. It makes it so someone can't bring a case against you for something that happened a long time ago. You can get a general idea about by reading the Wikipedia page but for specifics, you'll need... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: In Texas do I have to completely drop my pants to do a drug test for probation? I used to just unzip my pants.

I used to just unzip my pants and pee. Now I’m being asked to completely drop my pants and expose everything. I refused to test because I felt extremely uncomfortable but I’m not worried about failing at all. I contacted my probation officer immediately after but haven’t heard back yet but... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 28, 2021

It is not illegal to drop your pants to do a drug test. The crimes related to exposing your private areas are limited to doing that in public. If you feel uncomfortable, you might ask if they would be willing to do a hair drug test instead. It is my understanding that a hair test can detect drug... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: I was arrested for a warrant that did not exist

After spending 3days in jail and losing my job I was released and apologized to

Latrice Latin
Latrice Latin answered on Apr 28, 2021

You can attempt to file a civil suit against the underlying arresting agency for damages depending on their insurance situation. This may be easily handled with a demand or may lead to protracted litigation.

Contact my office to discuss and we can go over your options 678-890-5868.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: can i request a new attorney if mines is working with the judge to prolong my kids coming home even if i did everything

my attorney is supposed to work in my defense but shes working with the judge to keep my kids in foster care, even after me completing everything they have asked of me. my last court date was a total mess. nothing was accomplished o n their end so its like they are stagnating me. like i said before... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 28, 2021

Child protective proceedings are an entirely different process, and decisions to move or reunite children are not made quickly. If you are 90 days into the case, I would actually be shocked if you said the court returned the kids to you that quick. The idea is that the court needs to see stability;... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Am I experiencing pregnancy discrimination when being forced to take a 60k pay cut or immediately take FMLA?

I am currently 6.5 months pregnant, and have been granted an accommodation by my workplace to complete my work remotely for the duration of my pregnancy. In January, during my first trimester, I started to experience severe motion sickness that limited my ability to complete my 45 minute drive to... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 28, 2021

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, people with disabilities (including pregnancy and related side effects) are permitted to request reasonable accommodations to enable them to perform their jobs while honoring their restrictions. However, the accommodation must be reasonable, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: If 911 says they lost a recorded emergency call for "technological reasons" what can I do to enhance my search?

They (911) have been implicated in a series of violations alone with implicating the police involved. In addition I'm worried that they will exhaust a "timeline" for keeping these recordings. I need immediate help in moving forward to avoid what I might think will happen. Please help.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 27, 2021

You will need to hire an attorney to file a lawsuit in Federal Court. There you ask for discovery and possibly an injunction.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: Who determines what are permissible affirmative defenses in the US? Do the courts decide or does the legislature do so?

More specifically, would it be unconstitutional for a law to be passed by a state government that creates a new affirmative defense for certain actions taken by a defendant that is subject to a civil lawsuit?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 26, 2021

LAWS ARE MADE BY COURT DECISIONS AND BY LEGISLATION.

IF A COURT BUYS YOUR LEGAL ARGUMENT AND IT IS NOT APPEALED OR REVERSED, THEN IT WOULD BE A PRECEDENT TO ARGUE IN THE FUTURE.

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