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Djuna E Perkins

Djuna Perkins’s Answers

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  • How can I get a lawyer’s insurance to reimburse me for damages when the loss of $16,000 deposit was caused by his negligence?

    I was misrepresented by a lawyer in a house purchase in MA. As a result of his negligence, my loan was declined and the seller kept my $16,000 deposit. My attorney blackmailed me, telling me through a third party that if I don’t walk away then he ...

    Djuna’s Answer

    You should consult with an attorney who handles legal malpractice claims. He or she would likely write a letter to the lawyer that would place him on notice of your claim. If he has malpractice insurance, he should notify his carrier and they will contact you. You should also notify the board of bar overseers.

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  • Do I need a wrongful termination lawyer?

    I am a female, 57 years old. I have been working for a Boston base company for 33 years. I am very dedicated to my job and well liked. I lately went under drastic surgery, until then I seldom took a sick day or personal time. Until my new boss I ...

    Djuna’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about your situation at work. Based on what you've said above, you may have a claim for discrimination against your employer on the basis of age and disability. It may also be possible that there is gender or race discrimination in your termination as well. You should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you preserve your rights. In Massachusetts, you have 300 days to file suit against your employer for discrimination, and you must file your case first at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. I handle these types of cases all the time and would be happy to meet with you to discuss your claims. Please feel free to review my profile on Avvo, or on my firm's website, www.bhpklaw.com. Djuna Perkins (617) 880-7100.

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  • Was it employment discrimination, and can I get an extension on filing a complaint?

    Three yrs. ago I was hired, given a start date, and signed paperwork for a position with the Trial Court of the Commonwealth. Between my signing the papers and my start date, I became severely ill -- I suffered a manic episode that resulted in a p...

    Djuna’s Answer

    Unfortunately, it sounds like you are far beyond the filing deadline for discrimination claims. You have 300 days from the last incident of discrimination, and it sounds like that deadline has long past. If it hasn't, you should consult a lawyer who specializes in discrimination law.

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  • I was sexually assulted at a bar by a bouncer there, I'm also 20 and they were letting me drink, can I press charges?

    I would like to press charges but dont know if I could win this because I am under age, although they were letting me drink, I had a friend that bought me a drink from the bar as well, could they press charges against him for that? As a young wom...

    Djuna’s Answer

    I am sorry that this happened to you, and admire your courage in wanting to stand up for yourself and other women like you. Depending on what exactly the bartender did, and how it has affected you, there could both be a criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit for monetary damages as a result of the bartender's conduct. While it is possible that your friend could be prosecuted for buying you a drink, the chance of that is fairly low. The police are more likely to focus on the sexual assault and the bar's conduct in letting you in in the first place. In all sexual assaults, reporting the crime to police promptly is critical. Even if you decide later that you don't want to go forward with a criminal prosecution, reporting the crime early on gives you the best chance of success at both a criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit. You should also consult with an attorney who specializes in this area to discuss all your rights and options.

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  • My husband had a massage with hot rocks and received 2nd -3rd degree burns on his back (2 about the size of a baseball and we

    are fairly sure that the therapist does not have a Ma. license. This is a chain of well known therapeutics services. This happened before Thanks giving and the owner has been "flip" and uninvolved. He has scars now..

    Djuna’s Answer

    This sounds terrible, and so painful! I am so sorry that this happened to your husband, and that the facility is responding so badly. Often that is the most hurtful part of an experience like this--that the other side will not simply take responsibility and apologize. As others have said, you do need to consult a lawyer who can take action on your behalf. You may not even need to file a lawsuit to get an appropriate response. Taking photos is a good idea, both soon after the injuries and periodically as the wounds become scars and change over time. You should also get copies of your husband's medical records and try to get opinions as to his prognosis over time (i.e., will he need further treatment or plastic surgery?). You have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. If you do not file by then, you will lose your rights forever. My website, www.crimevictimlaw.com, has helpful information about the process of civil lawsuits that may also assist you. You can also feel free to contact me directly. Good luck.

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  • Can a workplace tell you that if you do not shave your face everyday you will be written up or fired?

    My husband is a building engineer (essentially a maintenance man) and has been working at his place of employment for almost 7 years. He normally keeps a well groomed goatee, but yesterday was informed if he is even to have a "5 o clock shadow" he...

    Djuna’s Answer

    Generally, as long as a grooming or dress requirement is not demeaning or discriminatory, the courts will not interfere with an employer's grooming requirement. If female employees are not subject to comparable neatness requirements, your husband may have a cause of action, but otherwise, it is something he will likely have to tolerate if he wants to keep the job. I hope this helps.

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  • Do I need an attorney for Sexual Harassment? Can you suggest a referral if so?

    My supervisor's erect penis (in his pants) was placed against my shoulder, twice after I emailed him to save it for his wife.

    Djuna’s Answer

    All employment sexual harassment cases must be filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) within 300 days of the last incident of harassment. The MCAD tries to make itself "user-friendly" for those without lawyers, but a lawyer can be helpful, particularly because your employer is likely to be represented by a lawyer. Whether your case will be successful depends on a number of factors, including the number of employees at your company, what other conduct may have occurred besides the incidents you mention, and the extent of your damages as a result of the harm. You should contact a lawyer in Massachusetts who specializes in employment sexual harassment cases and who appears regularly before the MCAD to get a more in-depth perspective on your potential claims. Lawyers who specialize in this field are more familiar not only with the law of sexual harassment, but also with the emotional dynamics of sexual harassment in the workplace. I handle these kinds of cases all the time and would be happy to speak with you. Please also feel free to visit my firm's website, www.crimevictimlaw.com for further information about workplace sexual harassment.

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  • Can an at will employee sue employer for discrimination

    I was employed by a company in Feb 08. I started as a consultant under a staff agency. In June 08 the company created a staff accountant position which did not exist before specifically for me. I was then employed full time by the company and no l...

    Djuna’s Answer

    You can sue your employer for discrimination regardless of whether you are employed "at will" or on a contractual basis. The real question is whether the employer laid you off because of your race. If it was for some other reason, it's not discrimination. However, it can be difficult for employers to successfully argue it wasn't discrimination if the person who remained on the job was not as qualified as you, or earned more than you, etc. You should consult with an attorney who will ask you detailed questions about your circumstances and help you decide the best course of action.

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  • Is this considered some sort of discrimination?

    My newly appointed office manager has said some things lately in front of co-workers which makes me think she is using the fact that she knows what I make against me-such as loudly announcing that she thinks I should check into low incoming housin...

    Djuna’s Answer

    Employers may not discriminate based on race, gender, religion or national origin. There is no prohibition against discrimination against those with low incomes, so unless you think her comments are really arising out of assumptions she's making about your race, gender, religion, or national origin, it's not discrimination. To prove a discrimination claim, you need fairly clear evidence that what the employer did was because of your race, gender, etc. and not for some other reason. You may want to contact a lawyer to discuss your situation in greater detail.

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  • Sueing to recover legal fees, pain and suffering, work lost.

    My husband and I own our unit in a 4 unit condo building in East Boston MA. Our neighbors (who rent from his parent that live in CA) started harassing us when they found out i was pregnant (previously they voiced that "they didn't want to have scr...

    Djuna’s Answer

    You may have a claim against your neighbor for malicious prosecution and/or abuse of process for her misuse of the legal system, but whether the case is truly viable depends on whether she has any assets with which to compensate you. Since they rent their apartment rather than owning it, it sounds like they may not have significant assets, which would make it unlikely that a lawsuit against her would be worthwhile. On the other hand, you may also be able to talk to the police about bringing charges against her for criminal harassment if she has engaged in a series of acts (two or more) that have been designed to harass you and have caused you harm. This may be worth pursuing for you--it won't necessarily get you financial compensation, but it could help get her to at least leave you alone, and it's free. On the other hand, any legal action can be time-consuming and emotionally draining for you, and can sometimes escalate matters. If you intend to keep living in this building with them there, these are all important things to consider in whatever action you decide to take. I hope this helps.

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