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US laws of firing an employee

This is a follow-up from my previous question. Following my discussion with HR about the ethical violation of my manager and some colleagues, I was suddenly fired without any prior notice from my ...
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Is there a recourse against UPS for not delivering packages on time?

I have a "new" address and ZIP code that appears to confuse UPS and consistently causes them to delay delivery of packages to me. I've tried filing complaints with UPS itself, but to no avail: I ...
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Is following the flow of traffic a valid speeding defence in Texas?

As per the summary at http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/laws.html, Texas is one of the three states where there are no absolute speed limits -- a speed in excess of a posted limit is prima facie evidence that ...
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Hypothetically walking the line between pornography and prostitution

Throughout this question I will reference the Texas Penal Code for concrete examples as Texas is my home state. The Texas Penal Code clarifies explicitly what is considered prostitution in the state ...
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Under what circumstances can the police detain you?

after watching the video about the recent fiasco in Mckinney Texas I was curious about whether any of the teens that the officer pulled over had the legal right to just walk away. Under what ...
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Could a prosecutor hint the jury about past dismissed cases?

In Can you present a clear record if you do Driver Safety Course in Texas?, it was determined that after taking a Driving Safety Course, a record of such action is placed upon one's driving record. ...
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May I perform medical experimentation on myself without licensure?

I'm a retired cellular biologist and medical researcher whose license has been revoked, but I would like to continue a line of research with myself as my subject/patient. The research involves ...
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Can you present a clear record if you do Driver Safety Course in Texas?

It appears that speeding tickets in Texas, or at least most metropolitan areas, for example, Austin, Texas, have a standard option of a Driving Safety Course, which is allowed once a year, and will ...
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How to do voir dire if you had taken a Driving Safety Course?

In Can you present a clear record if you do Driver Safety Course in Texas?, it was determined that after taking a Driving Safety Course, a record of such action is placed upon one's driving record. ...
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Can you get Discovery on an Austin TX traffic citation before requesting a trial / appearance?

In Austin, Texas, you are given several options for an alleged traffic speed violation, which, other than the Request Trial and the Pay options, include a Driving Safety course option, and a Deferred ...
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Am I required to render medical aid when off-duty if I am a doctor?

My family is dragging me along to a politician's ball. I'm not a very big fan of this particular group of attendees, to put it mildly, and have recently been day-dreaming of one choking while I raid ...
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Can I forbid the government from using my patented invention?

(this is a purely hypothetical situation, for literary research) I've filed a patent on a certain technology for facial recognition/analysis, and as the patent holder I want to use my exclusivity to ...
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Is it legal for landlord to prohibit subleasing, under Texas law?

It's quite common that plans change, and a residential lease must be broken. Of course, since one has agreed to pay the full price of the lease, they're on the hook for it, unless they can find ...
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Can non-lawyers help people study law and do small claims?

Can a self-taught enthusiast in an unrelated occupation, without a law degree, without any sort of formal legal education nor bar admittance, help other people study law? What would be the ...
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Is crypto legal in a weapon-free zone?

To expand on Is the right to keep and bear crypto protected by the Second Amendment?, since in the U. S. of A. crypto is considered munition (Bernstein v. United States http://export.cr.yp.to/), is it ...
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Is rent acceleration legal in Texas?

Texas Association of Realtors' Sample Lease has the following: B. If Tenant fails to timely pay all amounts due under this lease or otherwise fails to comply with this lease, Tenant will be in ...
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UPDATE: What are the legal consequences for serving in a jury if you are not eligible because you are not a citizen?

I got a jury summons letter last week and was asked to be in court Monday. I went and was there for 5 - 6 hours deliberating with other jurors whether or not this guy should've gotten a speeding ...
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Is it legal to let people search for professionals by gender?

Prompted by the list of injunction demands from a recent lawsuit against Uber, I'm curious whether or not it's legal in California, Texas and elsewhere to discriminate on a profession such as a barber ...
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Are cops required by law to have “reasonable suspicion” in order to detain a person? If so, do they have to inform the detainee about the suspicion?

I was stopped while cycling on hwy 59 in Texas, about 50 miles south of Huston. Officer started asking me questions about my travels. I asked: "Have I done anything illegal? Officer: "No, but I ...
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Does Texas have a legal right to leave the Union or secede?

Many people, possibly even including recent Texas governors, think that Texas has a right to secede from the Union. Does it, or does it not?
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Can my employer deduct from my pay check?

Recently my employer payed me a market salary adjustment. I thought it might be an error so I contacted HR. HR assured me it was my money and I was entitled to it. Now they are telling me it was in ...
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In Houston, Texas, do you need a DBA if you only conduct business in the LLC's name?

I was reading an article on Houston's local government site about starting a business. The article states: Limited Liability Company (...) files with the Texas Secretary of State. (...) This ...
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Can you re-assign TAA lease without being liable for damages?

Texas Apartment Association (TAA) apartment lease contract has the following: 30. REPLACEMENTS AND SUBLETTING. Replacing a resident, subletting, or assignment is allowed only when we consent ...
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May I legally work in a restaurant with typhoid if the employer knows?

I contracted Typhoid while visiting family in Central America for a funeral. I work minimal wage at a restaurant/arcade preparing food, and cannot afford to miss work. My boss will not allow me paid ...
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Is a speeding ticket invalid if the listed speed is not what it was?

I recall reading about speeding ticket defenses in some jurisdiction in the United States or Canada that the fact that the officer "reduced" the alleged speed that he obtained through his radar and ...
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Can you request Deferred Disposition in Austin TX after pleading Not Guilty?

Is it possible to request Deferred Disposition in Austin, Texas, on a moving violation (pdf) (2013), after having plead Not Guilty (and possibly having moved for Discovery)? Could this be done at any ...
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what is controlling law

What if a plaintiff says that the defendant acted under a statute law and the defendant claims he acted under case law? How can people on the street later claim that their acts where founded on case ...
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Can you be shot in “self-defense” for attempting to disarm someone?

"I'd like to see you try and take my gun" is a common mantra among 2nd amendment enthusiasts, the implied sentiment being they'll kill anyone who tries, but I'm interested in what would happen if this ...
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Is it rape if someone goes by a pseudonym and gave fake facts about themselves?

Let’s say Person A, an adult male, meets Person B, an adult female online. They develop a close relationship and talk on the phone on numerous occasions, but never meet in person. Finally Person B ...
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Contract Date Vs Date of Possession

If all the paperwork to purchase a certified pre-owned car in TX is negotiated, signed & dated by the buyer and dealership. However, the buyer was not given physical possession of the vehicle ...
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Should I get a lawyer after my accident?

Last Tuesday I got in an accident with a lady who is insured with GEICO. I merged into the middle lane (three lane highway in TX) I was in the lane and all of a sudden this lady who was in my left ...
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Is a 60 day move-out notice on month-to-month lease legal? (Texas)

My 6 month lease ends July 15th and I want to move out as soon as possible. My lease agreement specifies: "After that (July 15), this lease will automatically renew month-to-month unless either ...
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Car insurance claim was denied, what are my options…?

I got into an accident two months ago with a driver who was insured by GEICO. I got a call from them yesterday saying there was no way to prove who was at fault and that they are denying my claim and ...