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Category: Ask a Lawyer

Is Your Employer Engaged in Unlawful Behavior?

Q. My employer is engaging in behavior which, I believe, is against the law. I feel obligated to say something but am afraid of losing my job. What are my rights? A. California law protects employees who disclose information that the employee reasonably believes vio lates the law. This protected ...

How Can I Travel to Get Married and Bring My Wife Back if I’ve Just Filed for a Green Card?

How Can I Travel to Get Married and Bring My Wife Back if I’ve Just Filed for a Green Card? Q. My priority date for my employment based green card is current and I am eligible to file my application to adjust my status.  After filing my application, can ...

How Do I Deal With Sexual Harassment at Work?

Q. I believe I am being sexually harassed at work. What are my rights?A. Sexual harassment is unlawful and your employer has a legal obligation to protect you from it. The definition of sexual harassment includes behavior that creates a hostile work environment, interfering with your ability to perform ...

Legal Updates for Immigrants

AB 60, H-4, H-1B. Legal Q & A by Indu Liladhar-Hathi.

Permanent Spousal Support

Q. What is permanent spousal support or long-term support? A. Permanent spousal support is payment from one spouse to the supported spouse. Temporary alimony is paid to the supported spouse during the divorce. Permanent alimony is granted in order to place the supported spouse at or near the same financial ...

Misdemeanor Remedy

Q Can a misdemeanor be settled by civil compromise?A In a number of criminal cases involving fairly minor conduct, the law allows the accused to resolve his or her case by redressing the damages to the injured party by obtaining an agreement from that party to avoid prosecution ...

H-1B Visas, Caps and Scams

Q.I recently returned to the United States on an H-1B visa but I was not issued an arrival-departure record (I-94 card). Do I need to worry about this?A. As of April 30, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has transitioned to an automated, electronic system and ...

Court Appointed Lawyer

Q Would it be better for my case if I hired a real attorney?A Since most of my practice is court-appointed criminal defense, I occasionally hear this question. I feel like a public defender. Since San Mateo County doesn’t have a formal public defender’s office, I am ...

Divorce and Immigration

Scam Alert: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a warning advising of a telephone scam targeting USCIS customers. Scammers are using new technology referred to as “Caller ID spoofing” to display a false phone number in the recipient’s caller ID information. The scammer pretends ...

Escaping Jury Service

Q Explain the jury service process and if called upon, how can we avoid it?A I just finished a jury trial last week. The trial was notable for the number of prospective jurors who requested to be excused for hardships. Jury service is the only obligation of citizenship that ...
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