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Sinapi Law and ACLU Sue City of Pawtucket Over Political Sign Restrictions

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Pawtucket ordinance that bans the posting of political signs on residential property more than 30 days before an election in an effort to vindicate the free speech rights of political candidates and their supporters,

Employment Law

Rhode Island Increases Minimum Wage to $12.25 as of January 1, 2022

On May 20, 2021, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee signed legislation into law raising the minimum wage in Rhode Island from $11.50 per hour to $15 per hour over four years.  As of January 1, 2022, the minimum wage in Rhode Island is now $12.25.  The law includes additional increases of the minimum wage to $13 per hour on January 1, 2023; $14 per hour on January 1, 2024 and $15 per hour on January 1, 2025.  The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training estimates that the new law will raise wages for approximately 70,000 workers by 2022 and 140,000 workers by 2025. 

Civil Rights

Sinapi Law and ACLU Settle First Amendment Suit With City of Providence Over Political Protest

Sinapi Law and the ACLU of Rhode Island today announced the favorable settlement of a federal freedom of speech lawsuit against the Providence Police Department involving political protest at the Roger Williams Park Casino. In addition to $13,000 monetary payment to each plaintiff, the settlement agreement filed provides that the City will pay $74,000 in attorneys’ fees.

Civil Rights

A Blow to the Pillars of Our Democracy – Court Rules Electronic Devices of Those Crossing U.S. Border are Subject to Seizure Without Cause

A recent court decision allowing seizure of electronic devices at border crossings without any cause damages the essential pillars of our Democracy.   The decision in Alasaad v. Mayorkas, 988 F.3d 8 (1st Cir. 2021) basically says that any electronic device of anyone crossing a U.S. border—including U.S. citizens and permanent residents—are subject to seizure without any cause and the content thereof may be accessed and read by the border agent

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U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Justification By Cranston Police For Warrantless Search And Seizure

In a case that exemplifies the overreaching and unrestrained intrusion by law enforcement into the lives of American citizens, the United States Supreme Court recently held, in a unanimous decision, that the Police Department for the City of Cranston, Rhode Island, could not justify a warrantless search and seizure of a home based on the “community caretaking functions” of police officers.

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Recent Employment Law and Civil Rights Case Results

Our lawyers are experienced, relentless, and always ready to fight with our clients’ best interests in mind.  Some of our recent notable Employment Law and Civil Rights victories, resulting in millions of dollars recovered for our clients, are listed here.

Employment Law

Rhode Island’s Minimum Wage is Increasing to $15.00 Per Hour!

On May 20, 2021, Rhode Island joined a handful of other states gradually increasing their state minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Gov. Dan McKee signed legislation set to increase Rhode Island’s minimum wage from the current $11.50 to $15.00 per hour by 2025.

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