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  • How can I have my mentally ill elderly father readmitted to a mental health facility?

    My elderly father (69 years) is mentally ill and is on medication and sees a psychiatrist often. I am concerned about his mental well-being and safety as he constantly threatens to harm himself as well as his family and friends. Two years ago he v...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a guardianship question, not a health law question. I will change the practice area of your question to get the attention of the right Avvo attorneys. I will say, however, that you are in a grey area in which there tends to be little government support; unless your father makes credible threats or actually harms someone, the police will usually not do anything. You need to speak to a guardianship attorney in your area to determine how to proceed and how to protect yourself. Good luck.

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  • What can be done about my employer?

    I work in a hotel as a Sales Manager. Since i have started, i have been harassed by a current employee. I told him to stop but he keep making remarks about my sexuality such as you fags need to be shot in the back of your head. I had reported it t...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, what you describe is disgusting, and I'm sorry to hear you have to deal with it. You may have an employment discrimination claim; while homosexuality is not a protected class at the federal or state level, gender is, and if you are being subjected to a hostile work environment because you don't conform to gender norms, then you may have a claim. Homosexuality is protected by some cities/municipalities, so where you work may in fact provide you with some protection. The threat you describe may also be reported to police, and up the HR chain at work. How to do this while protecting your job is important - you should speak with an employment attorney ASAP to devise a strategy.

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  • Do I have anything against my employer?

    I have worked for the same company for over 6 years, I went overnight about 10 months ago with my availability signed by the store manager at 1130pm-630am. Now they are changing the night shift to mandatory 10pm-7am which I can't work because of b...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, unless you have a contract setting your hours, your employer can change your schedule at will. If the change is made to force you out due to your age, race, gender, disability, religion, etc., or in a few retaliation cases (i.e. for having taken workers' comp or demanded wages due), then you may have a legal claim. If the issue is that you cannot accommodate their schedule due to your personal or family circumstances, then there is no claim.

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  • I worked a 60 hr work for 2 yrs and never got paid for overtime.the job was off the books.do I have an unfair wage claim?

    I was paid minimum wage for any overtime hours and never received any raise though I requested many.recently I was terminated with no warning or write ups.I was paid as an independent contractor but my employer controls everything.I have absolutel...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, from your question, it appears that you have a claim for unpaid overtime wages (if your employer was covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act). You don't have a right to a raise, even if not getting one is unfair. It does not sound as if you were a contractor, so you have the right to apply for unemployment and may receive it. The religious discrimination issue is more complicated, and needs to be thoroughly reviewed to make a determination - but it does sound as if you were treated differently than other similarly situated employees, so you might have a claim there. These claims disappear quickly, so you should speak with an employment attorney ASAP.

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  • I rec'd a bill for services 14 months after services were performed with no previous bills before that. Am I legally liable?

    The services should have been covered by Medicare but the provider submitted the wrong code. I confirmed with Medicare that payment would have been approved if properly submitted. If the bill had been sent to me within 90 days of service I could...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, if Medicare covered the cost, but did not pay because the provider made a billing error, then it's the provider's problem. You can report this to Medicare; the provider may not bill you for services it should have properly billed Medicare.

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  • I worked off the books for 2yrs and was recently terminated with no explanation.. Am I eligible for unemployment

    I was paid as an independent contractor but my employer controls everything...hours, schedule, equipment, customers, contracts etc..I requested an w2 n was offered 1099 instead..what does this mean?..do I have any unemployment or unfair claim that...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, attorney Hilliard gave you excellent advice. If you were truly an 'employee' under the law (regardless of whether you were called a 'contractor' or paid via 1099), then you have a right to unemployment. You should apply; however, as the issue is complicated, you should speak with an employment attorney in your area first. If you took significant tax deductions for business expenses in the past two years, you may have a tax issue if you now claim to be an employee.

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  • 3 months after surgery on my carotid artery my jaw line chin and earlobe is numb and cold on the right side

    Right carotid artery severely clogged. Surgeon cut neck open artery open and cleaned artery. Surgeon closed artery and neck. Chin,earlobe, jawline numb and cold.

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a medical malpractice question, not a health law question. I will change the practice area of your question to get the attention of the right Avvo attorneys. You should see a med mal attorney ASAP, however, if you believe your doctor was negligent or harmed you.

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  • My Employer refuses to address issue

    My employer moved my office to the bottom floor months ago. I welcomed the quiet! I am the only one in the part of the building. three weeks ago My employer started a day camp literally 3 feet from my office with 12-20 kids at any given time. As k...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this seems like a very bad management decision. However, there is no right to a workplace that is conducive to actually working. Unless you were moved or are otherwise treated badly due to your race, gender, age, disability, religion, etc., or due to a few certain kinds of retaliation, there is likely no legal recourse. Merely advise your employer in writing (email works well) that your work is being impacted, and keep a copy. If you are terminated for performance, you have proof that it was due to reasons outside of your control, and this will help with unemployment.

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  • Sue a company for offensive commercial

    A well known brand is using the word greaseball in their commercial and for choosing a smart snack and depicts a guy wrapped in a potato chip bag with dark hair and skinn and refers to him as a greaseball which is offensive if you are Italian bein...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, I see no private right of action here; what the commercial does may be offensive and wrong, but it does not appear to violate any law that would allow you to sue. You may be able to make a complaint to the FCC or other agency regarding the offensive nature of the commercial, which might then lead to an enforcement action, but I do not see you obtaining compensation from that action.

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  • Can I sue hospital for breach of confidentially. Isn't it a HIPPA violation?

    My partner and I got into an altercation and I ended up in the ER which is embarrassing enough as it is. An employee of the hospital the lady who was working in admissions and took down all of my info and what had happened went around telling peop...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, there is no private right to sue under HIPAA. You may be able to sue both the hospital and the nurse for invasion of privacy under MI law; speak to a local attorney to determine how to proceed.

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