Rhode Island Civil Rights Questions & Answers

Q: We are currently unable to pay the full amount of rent. However, the house is poorly maintained. What can be done?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
It may be time to look for: 1) a new, different, and better maintained residence/apartment and/ or 2) a second source of income and/or 3) an attorney to help you defend against a likely eviction case should your landlord decide to take you to court. Contact your local CAP agency for help with #1 https://publicportal.courts.ri.gov/PublicPortal/

Q: Can a supervisor allow only 2 out of 3 employees the opportunity to work Overtime? all 3 are members of Laborers union

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
Bernard P. Healy's answer
I do not have sufficient information to answer this completely or with true accuracy. Under Federal and Rhode Island Law, a supervisor cannot discriminate against employees for certain reasons. Those reasons are race, gender, age, disability, perceived disability, ethnic background, religious affiliation, etc. If you are being passed over for over time secondary to these types of discrimination, you have a remedy you can pursue either in Court or at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights....

Q: Can police still issue citation after over a month of not contacting us about incident?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
Bernard P. Healy's answer
I do not have sufficient information to answer this question fully or accurately. I think the answer is not one you will want hear. The Police can issue a citation after over a month, despite not contacting you earlier. You mentioned that this was a single car collision. Did the police arrive at the scene ? Was a report initially filed ? Was there a question regarding insurance coverage ? It is not at all unusual for the police to issue a citation several months after a collision for failure...

Q: A friend of mine would like to change her guardian, who just sold her house and car without asking her. Can she change?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Your friend would do well to meet with an attorney practicing probate and guardian law.

Q: My mother in law constantly puts her mitts on things that don't belong to her in an area deemed as a private area.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Your remedies will depend on whether she is a guest or a tenant. If she is a guest, you might ask her to leave if she continues this behavior you find unacceptable. If she is a tenant, you may have to file a formal eviction.

Q: Can I take someone to court because they threw out my things that was at their house after an argument?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Small Claims for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 6, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Small claims court is open to everyone. Good luck.

Q: Can i file a police report on a person who makes me want to commit suicide

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 25, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
A civil restraining order is something you might also consider.

Q: Do I have legal recourse, monetary claim against state agency?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 25, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
After six years have lapsed, it is unlikely you will get to a satisfactory resolution.

Q: How can it be legal to refuse service based on one's political beliefs?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 11, 2016
Paul Stanko's answer
This is a complicated question that courts are dealing with right now. The law is unsettled. Equal Protection v. Freedom of Expression pits the First and Fourteenth Amendments against each other.

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