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4 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Can my job force me to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

I am a remote worker based out of Tampa, Fl. I am assigned to a medical center in Barre, MA. I am actively trying to become pregnant and there is not enough data on how COVID can affect my pregnancy or child. Not to mention long term affects of the vaccine itself. As a healthy 30 year old female... Read more »

Jay P. Lechner Esq.
Jay P. Lechner Esq. answered on Nov 18, 2021

To clarify the previous responses, the Florida legislature has passed a bill that will prohibit a private employer from imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for any full-time, part-time, or contract employee without providing individual exemptions that allow an employee to opt out on the basis... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I’m a federal employee and going to refuse the vaccine mandate. If fired, will this violate laws meant to protect me?

Vaccine presidential mandate.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Sep 15, 2021

Mandatory vaccination is lawful. It has been since 1905 when the US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Jacobson v. Massachusetts. That decision, although old, has been cited to over 800 times and recently by our US Supreme court in the last two years. You will have no recourse if you refuse to... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: How do I request an exemption?

My employer has switched from voluntary to mandatory vaccination offering religious/medical exemptions.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Sep 6, 2021

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from taking the vaccine, get a doctor's note indicating as much and present it to your employer.

If you have a closely held religious belief that prevents you from taking the vaccine, you will need to present that information to your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for Texas on
Q: My father got covid in jail! Can I sue the jail? Or state?

My father test positive for Covid! 2hours after he was released from county jail! He was wearing the same mask he got booked into jail with. 18days with the same mask! I asked and requested that he get a new mask or if I could bring any in. SEVERAL TIMES!!! Was told “I’ll get him one” spoke... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 1, 2021

You can sue anyone for almost anything but that doesn't mean you can win. A lawsuit like this would never be a matter of Criminal Law even though it involves the administration of the county jail. This would be a matter of Civil Law and may need to include some sort of Civil Rights argument... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for North Carolina on
Q: Do I have the right to NOT answer the ? if I have had the covid vaccine to my employer?

I agreed to still wear a mask but was told if I don’t answer the assessment questions then I cannot work.

Can they discriminate against me for that?

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel answered on May 22, 2021

You do not have to answer. However, the employer can terminate you for not answering.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: friend made parole release 5/21 , got caught w drugs moved to g4 , no store , no ecomm , has to Do 6mth class now aug

Can they hold him that much longer why can’t they start class now instead of august how much more can they take from him he caught COVID in there

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers answered on May 9, 2021

Sounds like he's somehow been enrolled in SAFP, an in-custody drug rehab. If you are saying that he can't begin the program until August, then that means that there isn't an available spot and he has to wait in line, while in prison, in order to get into the program and then... Read more »

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 Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Can I pursue federal court case against many neighbors engaged in harassment/threats of violence to family and I ?

Things started with neighbor whom moved out with harassment towards my family and I. A friend living across street from him then continued to do the same to us depriving us of peace in our own home. This is 24/7 and has been ongoing for over a year at least. Things have escalated, they’ve... Read more »

John Karas
John Karas answered on Apr 22, 2021

In order to file a lawsuit in Federal District Court, there has to be "diversity of citizenship" (meaning you live in 1 state while the defendants live in another). The amount of damages also has to be in excess of $75,000.

From what you've described, you have several...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: Where can I find an attorney that will take a prisoners rights case that contains deliberate indifference?

The incident involves State prison and correctional health executives transferring over 100 prisoners from a Covid19 Hotspot to another facility that had no Covid19 cases. I was among those at the receiving facility who then became ill as a result of that transfer. The executives acted with... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Apr 10, 2021

You can find many good law firms in and around Oakland and San Francisco who are experts in civil rights cases of the kind you describe. It seems you already have developed a good bit of evidence to support your case. I suggest you prepare a chronology of the events, if you haven't already... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: I am a victim of theft by deception $14K, i filed in township municipal court . is that the correct action.

2 desired outcomes i am looking for

- stop this crime from happening to others( looks like this contractor has already done this with many other homeowners in princeton, monroe,hillsborough,flemington,south brunswick )

- refund of my money

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Apr 1, 2021

This is a Civil case that must be filed in Superior Court, Law Division. As someone who has successfully handled a significant number of these cases, I can make some statements with a very high degree of certainty, which is good news for you. It is extremely rare that any Home Improvement... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue a hospital for discrimination?

I spoke to a few attorneys who told me that the law protects drs during this period due to COVID 19 to an extent anyway, however I am curious if they are protected against discriminating against their patients also? I was very clearly neglected and discriminated against but I can not get anyone to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 23, 2021

Not sure you have a discrimination case so much as you might have a malpractice case. Your question does not make clear how you believe you were discriminated against; it sounds like the ER doctors made a medical decision. Whether opting not to perform surgery was the right call is something only... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Oregon on
Q: I have an eviction notice to be out the 12th. A sheriff will be here to remove me. I faxed in a motion to vacate today.

I am going to find the paperwork and wright avenue to file a lawsuit against the manager for harassment possibly slander and discrimination against a mental disability not providing reasonable accommodations to allow me to get what needed to be done done as well as falsifying accusations documented... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Mar 10, 2021

I am not clear what you mean by having an "eviction notice" to be out on the 12th. Have you already gone to court and lost, with this Notice being from the court? Or is this the date on the termination of tenancy notice from your landlord? Most courts will not accept filings by fax... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Collections for Texas on
Q: How can I get my money back from a lawyer I feel has done nothing since hiring him half a year ago?

I paid $3000 to a lawyer who assured me of good things. My husband even denied a plea bargain with the state because this lawyer said he would and he can get a better one. But now he never answers and the state wants my husband to do even more time now. He now even has warrants that he didn't... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Mar 7, 2021

An attorney has an obligation to respond to his or her client, which in this case is your husband. Even if you were the one who originally retained the attorney, it should be your husband who is calling or texting. If you don't get responses in a couple of days then send an email. If you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Products Liability, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: Envirox H2Orange2 Concentrate 117 Sanitizer virucide cleaner is what we spray our warehouse with against COVID-19.

On the back it says it’s a violation of Federal Law to use this product inconsistent with its labeling. It kills only 4 viruses being Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2, Influenza A2/Japan, HBV, and HIV-1. None of these are Coronavirus/COVID-19 related. Therefore being a violation of Federal Law and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 6, 2021

No. That's not what use inconsistent with means. Who knows, the company may have consulted an industrial hygienist.

Also, to sue for damages you have to show you actually suffered something--not could have.

If you have a concern you may report it to your state OSHA or US Dept of Labor OSHA

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Employment Law for California on
Q: Is there any legal standing for harassment protection from being forced to wear a face mask as condition of employment?

I am being forced to wear a mask at my desk. I already got covid and recovered in a couple of days.

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Feb 23, 2021

The short answer is no. Even though you were fortunate to recover from Covid-19, you can still spread the virus to others. Your employer is most likely required by your county health department to continue requiring all employees to wearing a mask if you are otherwise in an indoor, office setting... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Texas on
Q: Can police legally unlock and search my glovebox without a warrant

I was recently stopped for an expired registration which if I'm correct right now is not even stoppable offense due to covid-19 and subsequently pulled out and surendered marijuana from my person to the officer he then without saying anything else to be watching his car got gloves one over to... Read more »

Brian Foley
Brian Foley answered on Feb 12, 2021

You're best legal challenge would be the reason for the initial detention. In Texas a police officer has to have reasonable suspicion that a traffic violation has occurred to pull over a vehicle. If the only reason the officer had to pull you over was the expired registration sticker it may... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Social Security for Texas on
Q: Hello, I applied for disability and now it has been 11 months and I haven’t heard anything back from the state.

Do I need a lawyer and how much will it cost?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 28, 2021

Your 11 month wait for a disability decision from Social Security is about what I have been experiencing with my clients' cases since COVID. You can either call Social Security and ask about the status of your case or you can go to My Social Security and check for updates online.

I...
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4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: What do I do if it's my second time being falsely accused of domestic violence and I feel like I was discriminated

This time when I went to pick my child's from his house he dragged me out slashed my tires broke my phone in front of the kids

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 1, 2020

You really need to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney to obtain a Final Domestic Violence Restraining Order against him and contact the municipal prosecutor to file criminal charges against him. During this pandemic, you have a choice of either seeing your attorney in person or by way of a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Is a court appointed lawyer just as good as a paid one

My so cruzs primary parent was his dad I have visitation rights nd all that I .I had bad issues with the law and depression. I have been maintaining well now for a long time.i moved to N.C. to have a better life i was going to fight for custody as soon as I had good time without trouble or drug use... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 27, 2020

A Texas attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The short answer to your question is "yes." I know lawyers in the public sector who are exceptionally skillful advocates, bright, hardworking, and dedicated to their clients' interests. They would... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Nevada on
Q: I was granted temp custody in a tpo case in california. No other custody order was made and nevada became kids resident

I allowed extrnded visitation due to covid and to avoid stress on kids. Husband doesnt allow constant contact now and a child support lawsuit had been filed against me. What do i do? Do i file here in nevada or there in california?

Janice Jacovino
Janice Jacovino answered on Nov 18, 2020

Where to file depends a few factors.

- If you already have an open case then file where you have the open case.

- If you had a prior case that decided custody then you will either need to file in that state or file to domesticate/register your prior order in the new state. Once...
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