Legal answers to unpaid leave, fences

April 3, 2008 4:55:33 AM PDT
We have many viewers looking for some legal guidance and our People's Lawyer answers some questions.QUESTION:

Can I use Small Claims Court to sue a neighbor who tore down my fence?

ANSWER:

You may sue in small claims court, as long as your damages are less than $10,000. You may not sue, however, to "force" him to do anything. Small claims courts can only award a money judgment. In your case, you would sue for what it will cost to have the fence replaced.

QUESTION:

Am I entitled to a paid leave when I have a child? My employer has told me any leave will be without pay.

ANSWER:

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, you may be entitled to up to 12 weeks leave, depending on the size the company and how long you have worked there. The law, however, does not require that the leave be with pay. All you are legally entitled to is an unpaid leave.

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