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Golnar Sargeant

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  • Students' Rights

    I'm in graduate school. I failed a course and when I asked my professor to let me see my exam and scantron so I could check and see if I skipped a question on the scantron or bubbled in the wrong answers, he wouldn't let me. However, other student...

    Golnar’s Answer

    When you asked the professor the reason as to why other students were allowed to see their scantrons and you were not, what did he say? Is this a public or private school?

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  • Can my nieghbor point one of his survienlence cameras at my mailbox that on my property and his mailbox is on the other side

    his mailbox is about a football field away from mine on the other side of his house but has a camera pointing at my mailbox

    Golnar’s Answer

    Yes, he can record public areas, the exterior of your home (such as the mailbox) and any areas visible from the public space. No legal expectation of privacy in these areas.

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  • Is it Legal to record a conversation without the other person's knowledge in Indiana?

    I am an employee looking to protect myself from a he said/she said type scenario in an HR situation with my boss. I am the HR Manager and the conversation will be between him and myself.

    Golnar’s Answer

    Indiana is a one party consent state, so it is generally okay to record a conversation as long as the party doing the recording was a party to the conversation being recorded. However, this could be against your employer's rules and could get you fired. You are talking about secretly recording your boss. Indiana is an "at will" employment state, so you could easily get fired when he finds out what you did, even if they don't have rules against this. A better course of action would be to have a witness there.

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  • Can my landlord take pictures with her cell phone of my daughter and me without permission?

    She just walked up to my car and ask me if I can call her so we can talk and snap like 3pictures of me without asking.

    Golnar’s Answer

    Yes, she can do this if you and your daughter were in public or in an area visible from the public space. Minors and adults have no legal expectation of privacy in these areas.

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  • My son's english teacher keeps talking about how she has sex with his wife during class. is it legal for him to say that in

    front of a bunch of 12 year olds?

    Golnar’s Answer

    Call a meeting with the Principal so he/she can investigate as to what is actually being said and what is really being said. If it is a public school, you can also complain to the school board. Take this up with the PTA also. You can also certainly call the non-emergency number of your local police department and the social services office in your state that acts as child protective services and see if they want to investigate.

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  • I would like to know can schools use breathalyzers on students. We were at a high school football game.

    We were sitting at game and my son was there with me and other students.The School security came over and said they wanted to question these boys and to go with them. I said what for and they said just to ask questions. So I went with my son and t...

    Golnar’s Answer

    Yes, they can. When the student is on school property or at a school event off campus. It is an increasingly common practice.

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  • I'd like to know if a HIPAA violation has occurred and whether I have any legal recourse.

    I recently became ill and started to receive home care. Every few days, the home-care company would deliver a supply box to my address that included medical supplies and the medications needed over the next few days (including my IV supplies / me...

    Golnar’s Answer

    There is no private right of action under HIPAA. You can file a complaint with the Dept of Health and Human Services, and if they want, they will investigate and take action under HIPAA. You can not. Also, HIPAA applies to health care workers, not delivery companies. So not sure if it's even applicable here. You can treat it as a customer service issue with the company hierarchy. For a regular invasion of privacy lawsuit, you'd have to prove you suffered economic damages or there is nothing for the court to award/do.

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  • Do I have any privacy rights in a dance class?

    I am currently involved in a lawsuit and the other side has been sending people to follow me everywhere. I dance ballet and I am currently taking a ballet class at a community college. I have noticed more than once that certain individuals in cl...

    Golnar’s Answer

    No, you do not have privacy rights in public or in areas visible from the public space. So you can be recorded without your consent. If your lawsuit has to do with you claiming personal injury, worker's compensation, disability, or an inability to engage in certain activity, then the other side is absolutely entitled to this information, and they often hire private investigators--not other dance students.

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  • I am a teacher being harassed and bullied by another teacher. What should I do?

    A fellow teacher shouted at me for contradicting him in 2013. I complained to the principal, and nothing further happened. A year later (this past April 2014) an anonymous letter accusing me of testing misconduct was faxed to the District office...

    Golnar’s Answer

    The common grammatical errors and misspellings will not be enough. You can possibly get a lawyer to send this person a legal letter, but honestly, most lawyers will not feel comfortable doing that without proof that this person is behind these letters. I know you feel strongly it's the same person (I'm sure you're right) but a court needs evidence and will not entertain hunches, feelings, conjecture, speculation or hearsay.

    Also, calls, reports and statements to the DA, cops, and administrative boards are immune and protected from civil lawsuits. Making false reports is a crime, but you can not prosecute crimes, only the govt can. I assure you, the DA will not prosecute--one, there is no proof "beyond a reasonable doubt" and two, they have much more serious crimes to deal with. DA offices in SoCal are barely scraping budgets together to prosecute rapes and other heinous crimes. Also, being wrong is not enough (or there is no point to the protection), and proving the person's intent is very difficult. They won't want to expend their resources on it.

    Yelling and shouting are not against the law. People have broad free speech rights to yell, scream, name call, and engage in offensive and unpleasant speech. The cops can not do anything unless you are threatened. Civilly, you would not have enough for a civil harassment order unless you can prove some kind of imminent threat.

    If this person is making a false statement of fact about you, it could be defamation. But opinions are protected. "John is the stupidest man I've ever met. I don't know how he thinks he can teach. He's an idiot" is an opinion, name calling and totally protected. "I saw John molest a student" is a statement of fact. Also, truth is a defense to defamation. I don't see liability to this person for the letter alleging non-compliance. He is entitled to express his opinion, even if motivated by dislike for you.

    You might want to have "a sit down" with this person and the administration and get to the bottom of this person's beef with you.

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  • How do I file for a motion without an attorney yet? Do I sue cps, probation and police?

    I'm a grandparent who raised grand child over three and a half yrs. Child support came to me whenever paid. I wasnincharge of everything and gave her a good loving life. Cps lied to me with threats of taking grand child if I didn't let her in. So ...

    Golnar’s Answer

    CPS, probation officers, and law enforcement are immune and protected from civil lawsuit, as are people who make reports to them. A "motion" is a general term that can be used for pretty much any legal filing. You'd have to be more specific.

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