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

There are two parts to copyright liability: civil and criminal. TL;DR: both cases are criminal offences, and it is illegal to break the law even when you are paid to do it. In the USA criminal ...
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Is my employer allowed to make me work without pay?

This is illegal, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, assuming you are not an "exempt" employee, which is primarily a salaried employee (your pay isn't based on how many hours you work). ...
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What are the limits of religious freedom in the workplace?

The EEOC web site has much information on this topic including summaries of close cases that have been decided in court. To determine whether allowing or continuing to permit an employee to pray, ...
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Is it illegal to voluntarily work longer than the law allows?

No, your employer has to actively stop you from this in germany The Arbeitszeitgeseztz is very clear in regards to maximum permittable time per day: 8 hours of work time on at most 6 days a week (...
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What are the rules on businesses that wish to only hire attractive females?

You might find the legal concept you're looking for is that of a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ). I am probably glossing over some subtleties but my understanding is that you can ...
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Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it?

I'm in the UK. I have been put in both these scenarios in times past. For the first I stood up to the boss and point-blank refused to do it, giving reasons. The atmosphere was tense for a couple of ...
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Are there potential legal considerations in the U.S. when two people work from the same home and use the same internet connection?

It is conceivable that A's employer would claim that the intellectual property was actually created by A in the course of their employment rather than B. That would be a question of fact for the ...
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In Ratatouille, did Linguini have a legally legitimate reason to fire Skinner?

It's been a while since I've seen the film (and what I remember of it is the ending), but if I recall, Skinner was conspiring to conceal evidence that the restaurant was legally Linguini's so that ...
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Is it illegal to voluntarily work longer than the law allows?

This question can be answered for germany by looking into the Arbeitszeitgesetz. All the clauses mentioned in this answer represent clauses from this law. Can Bob legally work 40hours in 2 days and ...
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Would staggered layoffs circumvent the WARN Act's protection against mass layoffs?

Are there any protections against an employer circumventing the WARN act by staggering layoffs over multiple days? For example, could an employer lay off 200 people without notice by laying off 40 ...
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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?

If Hooters could prove that you never intended to accept the job, that would establish that you did not suffer any damages. You might also be charged with having abused the process of the court, and ...
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Can I ask a potential employee if they are colorblind?

If being able to distinguish colors is a bfoq - Bona Fide Occupational Qualification - then you may ask about it or test it and disqualify people from hiring based on the results. In fact, a Jury ...
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Would it be by US law a discrimination to limit a job offer by IQ?

IQ level is not a protected class and so using it to discriminate between job applicants is not illegal per se. However - in the U.S., studies have shown that self-identified blacks score around 15 ...
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Why the German "Agentur für Arbeit" would oficially support companys acting against German law?

What ยง670 BGB basically says is that the default is that companies have to reimburse you for expenses that you incurred for interviewing with them. If they don't want to reimburse you, they have to ...
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Is employer responsible for tree damage to car parked in their lot (New Jersey, USA)?

Probably not In order to establish negligence as a Cause of Action under the tort of negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant: had a duty to the plaintiff, breached that duty by ...
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Work time when unable to work due to power outage (germany)

If you were in the office, and ready to take instructions what to do from your manager, then you were legally working and need to be paid. There's plenty of things you can do in an office without ...
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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?

To file a lawsuit, you'd need to fulfill the proper BFOQ of the job offer that have been listed with the job offer. These can and will in some cases include gender or looks, especially in modeling. A ...
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Allowable Discrimination For Jobs

Up to then I'd assumed that custom & practice processes like: Your assumption is just plain wrong. Businesses are free to run their affairs in whatever way they deem best (within normal legal ...
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Is it legal to deny a priest a job because he's atheist

Yes: It is legal to deny someone a job as a priest because he is an atheist. Churches are allowed to discriminate in employment based upon religion. See, for example, the EEOC compliance manual. This ...
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Can I refuse to integrate google/Facebook trackers on a website?

You do have freedom of conscience but you do not have a blanket right to refuse work you were ordered to perform. You have to perform work you were ordered to perform. If you refuse, you can get an ...
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Can an employee be sued for gross negligence by reusing personal passwords at work?

Firstly: that depends on the jurisdiction. It might not even be possible at all for employers to attempt to sue their own employees for damages caused by negligence. Even terminating an employment ...
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Working more than the yearly limit as a foreign student in Germany

The DAAD has published a summary of the legal constraints when working as a foreign student in Germany. While the document is only available in German, it is complete and rather authoritative. I ...
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Allowable Discrimination For Jobs

Laws on such matters vary. Countries in South America, say, are likely to have different laws than the US will. Indeed Canada's employment laws differ significantly from those of the US. There are ...
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Terminated without cause. Do I have a claim for unjust termination or toxic work environment?

No First, there does not appear to be unlawful discrimination: there is nothing to suggest that you are a member of a protected class and were terminated because of that. Second, you were given no ...
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Company pays employees corona bonus for the previous year, but I've quit in January

Not likely The company decided to pay the bonus on a certain date. They most likely announced that everybody that is part of the company on a certain date in 2021/2022 [and who has worked at it for a ...
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Work time when unable to work due to power outage (germany)

Assuming you are a regular employee and were present and ready to do work during your contractually agreed working hours, you are entitled to your salary for that time, even if you could not actually ...
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