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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Elder Law for Illinois on
Q: My question is concerning the effects on a 64 year old woman from wearing a mask at a full time job.

I’ve been wearing the required mask at work since March 2020. We were informed it is now a requirement for employment. I do not work in the general public. I’ve reported to my manager of having a sore scratchy throat, & congestion, but now it’s a burning in my chest with trouble breathing... Read more »

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Aug 5, 2020

I'm sorry for your situation. You should go to the doctor and you should get tested. There is no clear evidence that reinfection is not possible. You described symptoms that your employer may believe warrants a test for the virus. You do not have to go to the doctor, but your employer may... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: it Is legal for a public university to randomly require students to test for Covid and deny access to their class if not

Students will be randomly selected throughout the semester, 100 at a time. Students with no symptoms, no contact tracing, perfectly random. If they choose not to be tested they will be made to “ quarantine “until they comply. They will not be allowed to attend their classes. This is only for... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 5, 2020

That’s a rather strange scheme. There’s little precedent on a lot of these issues. General, common sense health precautions are likely to be upheld in court. But this does seem wrongheaded. For one thing, with limited testing resources, it makes sense to focus on those with symptoms or probable... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Missouri on
Q: Is it possible to have an N400 application expedited if my employment depends on it?

My driving license expires in February and my employment is Truck driver. Back in 2014 when my conditional green card was ungraded to full ten year I never actually received that card and when I enquired about its whereabouts I was told the card was no longer traceable. So in February of this year... Read more »

Kyndra Mulder
Kyndra Mulder answered on Aug 5, 2020

You are an LPR. You need to apply for a replacement card. You will need a current card when it comes time to attend an interview for your NATZ. Once you file for the replacement call the 1 800 number to schedule an info pass at your local USCIS. Take the receipt and other proof that you are an LPR... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for California on
Q: I pay a monthly booth rent at a salon in CA thats under mandatory shut down because of the coronavirus.

My question is- Is it legal for the owner of the salon to still charge me booth rent for a space in the salon when I’m not allowed to use it because of the shutdown?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 4, 2020

What does your agreement with the salon owner say? It would seem improper for the salon owner to collect rent from you and not provide you with the access that you bargained to pay for, even if the failure to provide access is because of Government orders to shutdown. That is not your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for California on
Q: If I’m subpoenaed for a deposition as a non-party witness while on disability do they reschedule?

My boyfriend is part of a civil case, I’m scheduled to deliver my baby by csection august 19th. The other parties lawyer is now trying to serve me with deposition papers (assuming anyway, as a process server has been looking for me places I haven’t been) also knowing when my csection date is.... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 4, 2020

Will they reschedule? You say the other attorney is being a Jerk (comes with the territory you know) so who can say? SHOULD they reschedule? Yes, they should. Must they reschedule? If you properly ask the Judge, yes. No judge is going to make a woman in labor or one in post partum give a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: I leased a condo from an owner and have lived there for a year a 6 months, always paid my rent on time. However..

I went to visit my son, daughter in law and Granddaughter in Metairie La in June. I informed the owner that I was going out of town. I returned to my condo in early July with my son who was going to visit with me for a few days. I opened up the door and found 2-3 inches of raw sewage throughout my... Read more »

Seril L Grossfeld
Seril L Grossfeld answered on Aug 4, 2020

This is a perfect example of why renters need to have rental insurance. Due to the health hazard caused by the raw sewage leak all or most of your property most likely needed to be disposed of. What was valuable should have been removed, if possible when you were there. You should have been... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: can a condo association ban a person from own unit for not wearing a mask
Barbara Billiot Stage
Barbara Billiot Stage answered on Aug 4, 2020

It's depends on what you mean by "banning." The Condominium Act gives broad sweeping powers to the Board of Directors of a condominium association (COA) during a state of emergency. Those powers include the discretion to do what is necessary to protect the life, safety and health... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: Laid off due to COVID & now the company is rehiring.

Hello! I was furloughed from my employer in March. There was no communication during this process or news from my director. Eventually they have brought almost all employees back & I was told they don’t have much info on when I will be allowed back. A week later I was sent an automated email... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Aug 4, 2020

Many feel your frustration. Not to make excuses but employers are dealing with a new set of circumstances every day. Some are closing for good.

I assume that you received unemployment benefits. Those require you to look for work. Also every employment discrimination complaint requires...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: My boyfriend got arrested for dv I’m wondering if it would be extremely beneficial to hire a lawyer or not?

Someone called the police on us and when they arrived @ his apartment I was packing my things to leave and didn’t want to speak to them at all but they kept pressing me for info and had kinda made up their minds up about what happened before they got there. We now have the mandatory protection... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Aug 4, 2020

It is absolutely crucial that he is represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney and that same attorney can advise you if you want. However, there are issues that you should consider separately and I believe that you should have a consultation with an attorney on your own so that you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: How can months after my license was suspended can the state impose new requirements for me to get my license reinstated?

License was suspended for 90 days because of being charged with a dui. After a year and a half of programs, counseling, driving classes, victim panels and fees went to court and had the charge reduced to a reckless. Which then came with another suspension of 30 days plus all of the fees AGAIN!! To... Read more »

Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite answered on Aug 4, 2020

When a driver is arrested for a DUI in Washington State, there are two different public agencies that have the authority to control what happens to the driver: the courts and the state drivers license agency, here DOL. The court has certain authority over the defendant and his or her criminal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: i signed a contract to purchase a house before covid19. Now seller refused to close. can i sue for specific performance?

i had signed the contract before covid 19. i got loan commitment. Now sellers are keeping making excuse not to close as unable to find apartment. Can i sue them for specific performance? court are not working properly. Does it take a long time before you see a judge. How does it work?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Aug 4, 2020

Do you have a lawyer? Prior to suing you need to send a "time is of the essence letter" to the seller. Then you can file a complaint. You see a judge quickly as you file an order to show cause and the courts are hearing motions online.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: If you where ror and your conditions of release was 2 years probation. you miss your sentencing court what will happen

What will happen when you missed your sentencing court date and have failure to appear warrants but you where originally ror with conditions of release being 2 years probation. What will happen when you turn yourself in on the warrants and to what your conditions of release change for having the... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Aug 3, 2020

You don't provide nearly enough information to intelligently answer what you might be facing when you are sentenced. There is no information here about what the charge was or what your criminal history is relative to your potential sentence. Courts have certainly been processing in custody... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Business Law for Illinois on
Q: If I file Chapter 7 due to small business loss, could I lose my home?

I am a sole proprietary business owner and married. I started my home business in August of 2019 and I work another job. The business has taken a hit due to COVID because most of the income is generated in-person sales. I was thinking of filing a chapter 7 but I was unsure how that could impact... Read more »

Bryan R. Bagdady
Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Aug 3, 2020

In Illinois a homeowner is entitled to an exemption for their home. The exemption amount is $15,000 per person - so $30,000 if a married couple (assuming both spouses file). Since you are married, if you have more than $30,000 in equity, then you may have issues. If you have less than $30,000 in... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: What would be the out come when my boyfriend goes and turns his self in for 3 warrants that are for failure to appear

They are for a DUI and a domestic and for violating a danco. He had missed his sentencing court date on 1/29/20 and the domestic and the violation would have been dropped that day as I had to talk to people because the judge was the one who was pressing the charges for the domestic as I did not... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Aug 3, 2020

It's been six months since he missed court. The likelihood that the warrants would be dismissed under the circumstances without him at least having to turn himself in is non-existent. He would need to be held for an appearance before a judge so that conditions of release could be set. He... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: The other parent is trying to say I need to drop of my child at her house for school because she feels

He wouldn’t get the help here can she do that

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 2, 2020

These are unprecedented times. We have never seen school closures like this before. My best advice is to try to peacefully resolve this. You, your ex, your son: you all have a lot more stress in your daily lives due to the panic over this virus. Why add to it? You should both be engaged in his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My children’s fAther currently has summer visitation with our children in Ohio. School was originally supposed to start

August 19, and our order states that the children come home 2 weeks before school starts which would have been aug 5. I bought the plane tickets and informed the Father and now that school is being pushed back until after Labor Day, the father is staying he will not send the kids back until aug... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 1, 2020

This is uncharted territory with the schools in flux because of the virus. You can file with the court to try to get an answer, but many courts are operating at reduced capacity, and you might not get an answer before school starts. Check with the attorney who represented you, or use the Find a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My wife and I split up after i caught her cheating. If I take her to Court to help pay our kids bills could i lose kid?

After I caught my wife cheating we felt it best she move, we split custody 50/50 haven't gotten a "proper" divorce decree, she did not want to take that route. I have always paid 100% of the child care and my daughters insurance on top 100% of our mortgage and home ins. (etc),... Read more »

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Jul 31, 2020

It is a complex question with a complex answer. It appears as if you have financially supported everyone for a period of time. It also appears that you wife no longer needs you complete financial support. Need is a primary issue when looking at spousal support. Regarding the child support; it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for California on
Q: Regarding refuses visitation and missed visit What should I do?

i (mother) have the primary custody my ex-bf lives in Las Vegas and he has every first weekend of each month in Las Vegas and visitation in LA every 3rd and 5th weekend of each month plus equally sharing vacations, holidays etc in Las Vegas/LA Written in our court order.I always drop off our Son in... Read more »

Shawna Murray
Shawna Murray answered on Jul 31, 2020

If you would like to change a child custody order, you will need to file a Request for Order on Forms FL-300 & FL-311 plus you must a detailed declaration that can be prepared on Form MC-031. I advise you to consult with an attorney, but if you cannot afford to do that, you should ask if your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: Heart issue fall under ADA? Employer requires filling reasonable accommodation form when I asked continue work remotely.

Does a heart issue qualify under the ADA Act of 1990? My company has asked its employees to return to the physical office. I asked to continue working remotely due to being in a high risk covid group. HR sent me a reasonable accommodation request form requiring me to describe my disability,... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 31, 2020

IMO your heart issue, standing alone, probably constitutes a Qualified Physical Disability entitling you to some kind of reasonable accommodation under the ADA . You should also be aware that many states, possibly NY, have their own ADA laws which are even more protective than the Federal ADA. In... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: I am at high-risk COVID can landlord force entry into my apartment where I am sheltering in place as retaliation?

I exercised my rights for COVID rental relief (deferral) and in retaliation my landlord is harassing me and trying to gain entry into apartment where I am sheltering in place. His excuse is that if I won't pay rent he will sell apartment and needs to come and do an inspection and take photos... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 31, 2020

I suggest that you call the police when he comes. This is a violation of your rights as a tenant, and potentially can be a defense to an eviction proceeding or a claim in Small Claims for invasion of privacy, and denial of your right to quiet enjoyment of the premises.

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