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Offline KotahTopic starter

Need legal help.
« on: September 27, 2010, 06:57:46 AM »
I live in illinois, and work in the nursing field.

I recently filed a harassment thing, the person filed a retribution right back. So now I'm kinda getting punished. I could really use some help on this matter. I fear a possibility of loosing my license.

Offline Zeitgeist

Re: Need legal help.
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 08:10:38 AM »
I live in illinois, and work in the nursing field.

I recently filed a harassment thing, the person filed a retribution right back. So now I'm kinda getting punished. I could really use some help on this matter. I fear a possibility of loosing my license.

Well, keeping in mind I'm neither a lawyer, nor an employment expert, a couple of things occur to me.

1. Can one be fired for filing a harassment complaint? I believe there would be protections in place there.
2. If you're a nurse, you're likely a member of a nursing union, yes? You should be able to go to them for advice, no?
3. If you can afford a lawyer, it might be smart to get one.

Again, this is advice from someone who really has no expertise in such matters, so do keep that in mind :)
« Last Edit: September 27, 2010, 08:11:43 AM by Zamdrist of Zeitgeist »

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Re: Need legal help.
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2010, 08:16:23 AM »
Is there any free legal aid in the area you live / work? Really this is a situation where you do want to be talking to a professional.

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Re: Need legal help.
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2010, 08:54:27 AM »
Well, keeping in mind I'm neither a lawyer, nor an employment expert, a couple of things occur to me.

1. Can one be fired for filing a harassment complaint? I believe there would be protections in place there.
2. If you're a nurse, you're likely a member of a nursing union, yes? You should be able to go to them for advice, no?
3. If you can afford a lawyer, it might be smart to get one.

Again, this is advice from someone who really has no expertise in such matters, so do keep that in mind :)
I'm a paralegal in a northern state not far from you. I'm not allowed to offer legal advice or I could get in trouble with the ABA.  All I can tell ya is that it would be best to talk to an attourney regarding what your options are. There are many attorneys who do the initial consultation free of charge.  If you can't afford an attorney, I would network. Use all the reources that are available to you. That could be anything from county services, neighbors, family, even the churches.

Is there any free legal aid in the area you live / work? Really this is a situation where you do want to be talking to a professional.
This is also a great idea, but you may have to meet incomne guidelines. Always talk to an attorney before doing anything.

Offline Vekseid

Re: Need legal help.
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2010, 09:30:58 AM »
Trying to google for free/low cost legal aid in Illinois leads to a lot of seo sites and rather little information, unfortunately : /

Offline alxnjsh

Re: Need legal help.
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2010, 03:47:44 PM »
If you're concerned about licensure, you could also contact the Board of Nursing (or whichever regulatory Board through which you get your licensure). Losing license is the power of the licensing board in most states and not civil courts. Now, if you're convicted of a crime, often that is automatic investigation and/or suspension.

Check with the Board.

Offline KotahTopic starter

Re: Need legal help.
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2010, 05:34:27 AM »
Thank you, everyone.

:)

The situation, seemingly, handled itself. I prolly shouldn't have gotten so worked up over it. I prolly should have trusted that because I didn't do it, that they would see that.

Sorry for getting so worked up, and thank you again for the help. :)

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Re: Need legal help.
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2010, 05:00:51 AM »
Are you a member of a union?  Most unions offer free or low cost legal representation in your defense regarding employment related issues.