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Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it?

The first possible scenario is this: suppose you work in a company, and you need to install some software for a client. The software needs to be purchased, but the boss tells you to just download it ...
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What are the rules on businesses that wish to only hire attractive females?

Many businesses feature beautiful female employees as part of their business plan and service offering. Examples include: Hooter's waitresses Sportclips stylists A small chain of drive-thru smoothies ...
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What are the limits of religious freedom in the workplace?

Federally in the US, only race, sex, and religion are protected classes, i.e. it's illegal to make employment decisions (hiring/firing/salary/promotion/etc.) on the basis of a worker's race, sex, or ...
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Do I have the right to get a copy of the source code I wrote during an internship? (Germany)

I did an internship in a small software company in Germany and wrote mainly two programs, one which is just an example to learn the language which has no monetary value and another one which could be ...
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Is having a wallpaper on an office computer personal or commercial use?

If one downloads a wallpaper on an office computer for the sole purpose of putting it on one's own desktop and watching it all day (as long as there aren't any windows blocking the view at least...), ...
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Is employer responsible for tree damage to car parked in their lot (New Jersey, USA)?

During high winds a tree branch fell on my car while parked at my workplace. The cops were called, but the responding officer said that it was private property and my employer's responsibility. He ...
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Would it be by US law a discrimination to limit a job offer by IQ?

I am not sure whether there have been cases already in US. Would it be illegal to say in a job offer they require people from a certain IQ level?
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UK - NHSP refuse to pay for mandatory training

Background NHSP (NHS Professionals) is a job agency which offers zero-hours contracts for NHS workers. In many trusts, this is the only way to be employed without having a fixed contract. I am a ...
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Can a company instruct employees to not call police?

As a manager, I received this email from my store manager that came from the district manager. Team, you cannot call the police without my approval, if I am not available it would fall to (Blank) ...
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Is it legal to deny a priest a job because he's atheist

Hypothetically, if you had an Atheist looking to make money by becoming a priest, would the church be legally allowed to deny him the job because of his religion (or lack of), assuming he's still ...
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Why the german “Agentur für Arbeit” would oficially support companys acting against german law?

In the comments1 to this answer: Badly designed reimbursement form. What does that say about the company? I had yesterday an discussion where another user claimed by §670 BGB companys are in Germany ...
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Can an employer legally require a female employee to wear a bra? (USA)

There seems to be some discussion of this elsewhere on the web, but it's scant on citations to actual regulations or cases. To narrow the scope, let's say that the female employee dresses so that the ...
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If work must be paid in Canada, when/how is volunteer work allowed?

This is a bit of a follow up to Is it legal to work without pay - Canada? When is it legal to do something and not get paid (in Canada)? Where I live volunteer work is common (ranging from helping at ...
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Employees Opting out of Website photos

Can a website photo be an "other assignee duty" for an employee? I have a vendor who is coming to take photos of us using their software, they will share their photos with us for our website as well. ...
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Could I apply for a job at Hooters with the intent of suing for a settlement when they don't hire me?

The highest ranked answer to a previous question states that BFOQ exceptions (probably) would not be a sufficient argument for allowing Hooters to discriminate against a protected group. In fact the ...
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Can an employee be sued for gross negligence by reusing personal passwords at work?

An employee is using some easy guessable reused passwords well known to Have I Been Pwned. OUCH. Something bad happens. Can an employee be sued? Option A: An organization does not have password ...
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In Texas, Can I sue if I was misled or lied to about the job I would be working

I recently was recruited for a contract software engineering role with a bank. The recruiter on several occasions through emails and phone messages emphasized this was a software engineering role. ...
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Can I use a workaround I developed to bypass the internet filter at work?

I found a workaround (by writing some code) to bypass the internet filter at work. Is that considered hacking? Or perhaps violating the company's rules. I don't recall signing anything when I got ...
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Work Policy States Employer May Access Personal Devices

My employer just sent out an email stating managers have the right to inspect electronic personal devices used for work. This includes web access to Office 365 via web browser or app installed on a ...
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Can a Silicon Valley HQ'ed company request a previous salary for a Japan-based position?

I have recently become aware of a new California law (effective Janaury 2018) which prevents employers from requesting salary history to potential hiring candidates: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/...
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Placed on 24 hour shift under National Minimum Wage (UK)

A friend of mine works in a care home for young adults with severe learning difficulties. These people need 24-hour care. She is paid approximately £7 per hour. She has today been placed on a rota ...
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I think I'm being unfairly punished in my workplace - do I have legal recourse?

I have suffered what I think is unreasonable, prejudiced punishment at my (industrial) job. Is there any legal recourse for me to defend against this? I'm in Manitoba, Canada. My superior is unfairly ...
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My former employer is threatening to sue me

I live in Kampala, Uganda and for the past eight months, I was doing software development for a local company since late February this year. Last month I resigned from my position and my employer ...
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Is it legal in New York to deduct a full-day of PTO during a company-wide early dismissal?

I took a vacation this past week while my company held a picnic on Friday and dismissed everybody early at 3pm. I asked if I could have the two hours back (or get paid for them) since everybody else ...
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Can a school district install video surveillance only for specific teachers?

Let's say a school district in the United States decides to install surveillance cameras (possibly with audio) in classrooms, but only in the classrooms of specific teachers. Gen Ed teachers might be ...
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Drug-testing on background

What sort of circumstances would allow a company or lab to put a positive pre-employment drug test on your background or send it to a consumer report agency? I'm curious about the consequences of ...
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Can I refuse to integrate google/Facebook trackers on a website?

I work as front end developer for a company in Germany and regularly get asked to implement trackers in the products. In my opinion it is immoral to sell out your users to tech giants (and probably to ...
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Is it legal for restaurants to not pay their courier the tips we pay them?

Is it legal for restaurants to not pay their courier the tips we pay them? I used SkipTheDishes and paid 15% in tip and the driver told me that the tip is given to the restaurant and not to him, which ...
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Employee intimidation

A relative of mine has worked at a small company for the past 10 years as a senior design engineer. The MD (and owner) of the company asked him to go and spend the day with another employee filling ...
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Is it legal to ask someone their birthday in an interview?

I'm applying for a job where they want a lot of personal details from me. The HR rep specifically asked me for my birth date. I heard this is illegal, is it true? If relevant, the question was asked ...
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Meaning of the term causal nexus?

I recently attended a talk related to government workplace harassment law. The presenter repeatedly used the term nexus (i.e., a causual nexus) to describe any situation where actions outside of the ...
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Is “mobbing” recognized by British and American legislations as a form of harassment in the workplace?

From Wikipedia: British anti-bully researchers Andrea Adams and Tim Field have used the expression "workplace bullying" instead of what Leymann called "mobbing" in a workplace context. They ...
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Is this a violation of workplace law?

At my workplace, we can get paid for a maximum of 15 hours per week (they refuse to pay us anything beyond that), however, they indirectly expect us to work more than that (by giving us tasks, and ...
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Can an employer require attendance at a holiday party over the employee's religious objections?

Note: This is related to the question asked at Mandatory participation in workplace holiday potluck, but the issues are not exactly the same, as in that question the issue was not religion, but just ...
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Consequences of “Not to be sold separately”

The company I work for (40,000 employees) has vending machines throughout the buildings which are filled by the internal catering team. Now I have noticed many of the separately packaged foodstuffs ...
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Is it legal to keep a controlled substance at work?

If someone has a prescription for a controlled substance and stores it in their desk at work, can they get in trouble? Can someone get in trouble if it is discovered?
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What are my working hours rights as an exempt employee

My new boss wants to use the following paragraph in my contract to insist that I be in the office 9 - 6 Mon - Fri, be on call 24/7, and go into the office out of hours regularly (including weekends): ...
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Paying salary back after leaving the company

A few days ago I received a pretty interesting letter from my ex employer. During my time there I made minus hours, caused by the project situation (I am a software developer). The letter says I ...
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(UK) Holiday entitlement during first 3 months aka. “probation period”

I've been working for a company in UK for 3 months (exactly 29.06 to 29.09) after which the company has been sold. (edit: actually my contract says that I started on 2.07 which isn't true, but that ...
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Am I out of my contract with my employer if they broke it first?

When I signed onto my job, it was written into my contract that I would get a 'Hiring Bonus' of $5000 that would be paid over the course of my first year and if I left early, I would have to pay it ...
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Did not receive yearly bonus, despite being employed at the company during the bonus period

At my last place we had a bonus scheme based on performance. If you met all of your targets for the year the bonus was 5% of your base salary. If you exceeded all of your targets for the year the ...
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If I have body smell and get bullying in workplace, so it made me have depression, can I sue? [closed]

If I have body smell and get bullying in workplace, so it made me have depression, can I sue? Location: California Time: Bully period over 2 years Current status: fried by the company said under ...
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Can a design freelancer be sued for “potential earnings lost” by a client?

I am a freelance graphic designer working part time We didn’t have a signed contract for any work (my mistake- I only work through friends and family referrals part time). I was making a new ...
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Can I start work whilst still being employed by another company?

I am currently employed to Company A for 20 years in Texas. I was made redundant and will receive severance for years of service if I stay working for two months. There is a state act called Worker ...
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HR and work emails forwarded to private email - can they be used in a court of law?

I am in a middle of a "misunderstanding" with my current employer - I have called for internal bullying resolution twice. In effect, I have got relocated, and am denied access to my work mailbox, ...
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Can I take a picture of my company server room and post it on Facebook?

Is there a law that prohibits the taking of photos of a company server room and posting it as a status in Facebook? Every component is exposed but... no software ID, usernames or passwords even IP ...
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Noncompete agreement - Esthetician

A friend of mine works at a skin care and retail store as an esthetician (dealing with skin care and other spa related treatments). Her boss has had her sign a non-compete agreement that would bar her ...
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Taking Leads from a Company I quit

If Im a 1099 (independent contractor) at a cash advance firm and I left (quit). Can I take the leads I sorted through and became "my list" and take those leads and start my own merchant cash advance ...
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UK Law - Working Contracts

Without going into specifics too much. I work on a contract that obviously sets out a specific job description for me and a set amount of hours. However, my team leader is sending me to cover people ...
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Legal issues working multiple part-time tech jobs at the same time - CA, United States

I have had multiple companies/entities (universities, tech companies, defense contractors, etc.) request me to work for them at the same time. Common sense would tell me to not bill multiple groups ...