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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Military Law for Hawaii on
Q: Army EO complaint

An EO complaint was brought against me. The IO found that I committed unlawful discrimination, however, the independent SJA review found that it was legally insufficient. What should I expect will happen next?

I am an active duty O-3 in the Army.

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on May 2, 2023

As an active duty O-3 in the Army, you may expect further review of the EO complaint by your chain of command. The SJA review found the complaint legally insufficient, so it is possible that the complaint may be dismissed. However, it is ultimately up to your chain of command to make a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Hawaii on
Q: Toxic work place suffered a psychological injury.Is a psychological injury a disability?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 4, 2023

A Hawaii attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. At this point, you could reach out to workers' comp and disability attorneys in Hawaii to try to set up free initial consults to discuss. You could search attorneys on your own, and there's a tab above,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Civil Rights for Hawaii on
Q: What does saying "I don't answer questions" do you have legal rights?
Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
answered on Jul 15, 2022

Under the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution and the equivalent provision of the Hawai’i State Constitution you have the right to remain silent, in just about all interactions with the government. In other words, you cannot be compelled to speak with government officials, to... Read more »

Q: My Workers' Compensation Atty never communicates or knows me. Feel unrepresented. Wrongful doings by my claims adjuster.

Employee injured/disabled; neuro spinal surgery done with more damaged nerves.

Claim's adjuster biased and fabrication in reports and proofs to Atty with no response. Lots of INTENTIONAL HIPPA VIOLATIONS DONE.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Feb 6, 2023

Try to discuss your concerns with your attorney. If you are not satisfied, consult with other attorneys on taking over the case. You may want to hire a new attorney before firing your current attorney.

Note, this is only general information, not legal advice. Consult an attorney in your state.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Hawaii on
Q: Are landlord required to notify tenants when a writ of possession is issued after default summary possession

Default was granted when answer was unable to be filed do to medical emergency

Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
answered on Mar 23, 2022

What makes this question unusual is the date of same, March 5, 2022. In July of last year, Governor Ige signed into law Act 57, which required landlords and tenants to avail themselves to mediation prior to landlords filing eviction proceedings based upon non-payment of rent. Typically, landlords... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Hawaii on
Q: I'm inquiring about my employers wanting further explanation of my religious exemption which was previously approved.

Now they sent me a list of questions asking me to explain why. Their also asking if "I've put my practice(religion) into any other areas in my life?"

Also if "I've taken other vaccines and or medications in the pass as an adult?" With six more intrusive... Read more »

Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
answered on Nov 10, 2021

Typically, when a religious exemption to a work-related medical requirement is requested, employers may make reasonable inquiries into your sincerely held religious belief, in order to determine whether it is, in fact, genuine. If it is determined to be so, then reasonable accommodations must be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Hawaii on
Q: For married co-plaintiffs, can he proceed pro se to represent himself while she hires an attorney to represent herself?

We are both suing the Hawaii Department of Human Services and some of its employees in federal court. He wants to give opening and closing statements and cross examinations but she wants an attorney to do it. We also both have differing litigation strategies. Can we have the best of both worlds and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Aug 4, 2021

I suggest you delete your case reference.

The individuals should both use an attorney, but if for some reason that is not possible, Federal Courts allow pro se appearances. You may, if applicable, want to fill out the forms to proceed in forma pauperis, which waives most fees.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Hawaii on
Q: Is there invasion of privacy law in hawaii

I'm having Ni some with the person I. Have 21st

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 4, 2020

A Hawaii attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. There most likely are such laws, as invasion of privacy is addressed in virtually every jurisdiction. It's a broad offense and can cover different wrongful acts, from disclosing sensitive information to casting the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Hawaii on
Q: I filed a police report for Unauthorized computer access, because perpetrators were hacking onto my security cameras.

The Detective said there was a cliche with my system. We contacted tech support and they said it's not a cliche. Due to an increase in hacking of our system we filed a 2nd report. Without contacting us and only looking at the evidence we summited in our report. The investigator has... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
answered on Nov 14, 2019

glitch not cliche

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: Can the police enter a hotel room and use things found there against me and ubtain search warrants for vehicles I drive
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
answered on Feb 25, 2019

Without knowing the particulars of your case, the answer is generally yes

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Hawaii on
Q: Wrongful foreclosure.excessive force by sheriff's. Should I take a plea?

Should I settle on degree assault? I was in a choke hold(100lbs) by a 300lb sheriff ..was trying to breath..said I kicked him and being charged w/ 1st degree assault

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
answered on Sep 30, 2018

There is no way an internet attorney could advise you based on those limited facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Hawaii on
Q: Hrs 286-207 exemptions certain vehicles. Part 8

Does this mean I don't have to register,license, and insure my automobile? Thank you

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Apr 8, 2017

You are missing something. The DMV doesn't agree with you.

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