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Former employer threatening me with legal action… but I think they are just chancing it [on hold]

Before I begin, I'll use the following code names: OLDEMP = my former employer with whom I was permanently employed as a consultant CUSTOMER_A = one of OLDEMP's customers (I worked at this ...
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Is it legal to be fired earlier than your intended resignation date? [duplicate]

I'm a US citizen working for a top technology company in the Valley in California. Long story short, I've been working in a completely chaotic and toxic environment and am about ready to state my ...
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Is it legal to allow some employees to work from home, and others not? [closed]

Running on very little information here, but I have heard that it is illegal to offer remote opportunities to some employees and deny it to others. I understand there are going to be some situations ...
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How much notice is required if a company sacks a temp before the contract is over? [closed]

I am on a 3 month contract, but now the company says they can not afford me and have hired someone else permanently to do my job (they couldn't hire me because of a clause in the agreement with the ...
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Using work I've done in last job in a portfolio to start freelance work

Last year I worked for a company that did mobile apps. A couple of months after I started to work there I told my boss it would be a good idea to start doing web sites to sell in a bundle with the ...
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Legal/Ethical Responsibility of Employee and/or Co-worker to Disclose Disabilitiy [closed]

If an employee has a health condition that negatively impacts his/her job performance, does he/she have any legal obligation to tell an employer? Do co-workers have any legal/ethical responsibility ...
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My boss makes us use unlicensed software. What to do about it? [duplicate]

I work at a very small software company. All the software that requires a license to function is licensed, but those that are free for personal use are not licensed as well as those that say "please ...
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Being told I am being forcably resigned instead of just laying off

First some details about myself, I am a 20 year old college student (Junior standing, soon to be Senior in a few weeks) interning in a Software Engineering position, I've been working at my currently ...
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How to explain to future employers that I left my previous company because of ethical reasons without tarnishing my previous employer?

As a follow up question of this I need to figure out a clever way to describe my situation during future job interviews. The summary of the situation: I was working for a start-up as a software ...
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How can I stop my company from forging documents?

My boss often has one of my co-workers Photoshop new dates, prices, addresses, and even names onto invoices in order to fraudulently submit them for rebates. My boss and co-worker are very open about ...
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Maintaining a paper trail after leaving a company

Over the course of my two years with my current employer, I've collected a small but not insignificant amount of company data on my personal machine(s). Most of these are in the form of old config ...
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How to handle boss giving task that might breach the law? [duplicate]

I am a developer and I work for a start up. My boss assigned me a task of checking two career-related networking sites. I need to programmatically visit these sites, and check whether they have a link ...
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I stumbled across a confidential company document on a client's public website. Should I alert someone?

I work as a software engineer in a software-only company, and I have found confidential information about a contract between my company and a client online. The document that I have found was on the ...
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1answer
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Can I tell my coworker my salary? [duplicate]

In the USA there is a strong and widespread taboo against sharing details of your salary with co-workers. Many company handbooks explicitly prohibit it. But to my knowledge, it's only cultural; I ...
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My boss is sending company email under my name [closed]

It's just me and my boss in a start-up company. He sent out an email under my name to one of the companies we work with. I asked him to refrain from doing that in the future, because it wasn't right. ...
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Can my boss stop employees from going to the brewery next door? [closed]

Long story short, there's a brewery opening next door to us and my boss is VERY against the idea of them serving beer in a tasting room (it's mostly a shipping and packaging facility with a small ...
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Act of resignation vs Last day of work [closed]

Sorry if this question was off topic. Let me just put the last bit in. Is 'resignation' the act of telling my company that I will be leaving, or is it the last day that I work at the company? Some ...
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1answer
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Can I be let go of legally in the UK in favour of a more senior Developer [closed]

Update: so on Friday 13th of may, me and this certain employee got into another argument, which lead to the Tech Lead, standing over me while I was seated, indicating that he was going to ...
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Found my cover letter to a private company online

I applied to private company in Switzerland few years ago and I wasn't selected. No big deal. Problem is that I recently found my cover letter online at some careers website. This was simply by ...
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Should I report this workplace thievery?

For the last 6 months, some of my coworkers and I have noticed our tools have been missing out of our locked lockers. These are expensive construction tools that are our livelihood. I hid a motion ...
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Why do potential employers require a residence (street address) on applications?

Most online applications specifically require a street address for residence. I have always been careful about my personal information, and I do not see why it is necessary to ask for my street ...
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What compensation should a recruiter get when I terminate my contract? [closed]

I was recruited last month by an agency. The job was not working out. I handed in my notice to the employer. It was an amicable parting. Now the recruiter is angry and is demanding compensation. I was ...
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How to benefit from being able to save my company from a disaster while being laid off cruelly [closed]

I'm seeking advice on how to handle a high risk opportunity. My employer recently had to do some layoffs due to changing the underlying technologies used for its products (ie: moving from C to C++, ...
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How can I address what I perceive to be discrimination during an interview exam? [closed]

I recently graduated with a diploma in biology in US, and have been sending my resume out to clinics, research companies, and labs trying to get my first "big job" outside of the customer service ...
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Employer says they have paid me when they havent [closed]

Background: I work in the UK in an independent shop as a retail assistant. I worked part time for a few months while studying, but have now been working full time for the last 3 months. I have never ...
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Using documents obtained from a previous job [closed]

What are the implications for a business that has an executive that regularly shares documents he retained after he left his previous job? Additionally, what should an employee who's been asked to ...
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Is this misuse of company funds? [closed]

Assume a small internet based service company that rarely has physical contact with customers, vendor, partners, etc (once in two years with no reason to see that trend changing). Less than 10 ...
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1answer
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Can an employee (in Australia) be terminated if they refuse to allow their employer to look though a phone that is not used for business? [closed]

I know that generally in jobs where you have access to a computer and the internet any storage device plugged into a company PC or any online account you access on a company PC with the company's ...
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Why would German companies hire professionals from abroad? [closed]

Is there a viable and significant benefit for a German software company to hire abroad, other than having a higher-skilled professional for lesser pay? Is it worth the preliminary legal work when a ...
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How does an Intern ask for work, when he/she already has multiple time and feels like a burden?

I am graduating as an IT major and have worked as an Accounting Specialist as well. My school has assigned me to a co-op opportunity after some painful mistakes on their part (I showed up at the ...
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Questioning Employer's tactic to collect a debt equaling value of unearned personal time off [closed]

The certified letter states, "this is a legal attempt to collect a debt" I hadn't known of. My employer advances the full amount of Vacation, sick and personal time at the beginning of each year, ...
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What kinds of company records can an employee legitimately ask to see? [closed]

From a recent question about how to figure out whether you are on a death march, this answer http://workplace.stackexchange.com/a/58835/36305 got me thinking. As an employee in a non-management ...
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Possible intellectual property theft issue for a web application [closed]

About a year ago, I started working for a company (I'll call them Company A) and helped develop a web application for them. Eventually, my manager asked me to make changes to the application for ...
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Ethical to add a newspaper article that does not include my name to my CV

I recently worked on a product that got my company some really beefy profits. I was part of the 12 member team which created it and I exclusively had about 30% of the influence on the project. Now ...
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How to break a no compete contract clause [closed]

I have been contacted by a client I worked for with my previous company with a job offer. However, I have a 1 year No Compete clause and with 6 months more to go I'm in a tough situation. The two ...
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Company hired me for a position but I am doing something else [closed]

A year ago I worked in a company as "senior engineer" on a large public facing website. Not the job of my life, but at least in the line of what I like to do. Then a large computer manufacturer ...
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Do I have legal rights against a company that offered me a raise to not leave, and then promptly fired me after turning down another offer? [closed]

I was just informed of this situation that occurred somewhere by a co-worker, and was wondering what the legal ramifications are (U.S. Law). To be clear, the scenario is as follows: I tell my boss ...
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Should I tell my employer that I need to appear in court

I was arrested while on a vacation. I must appear in court in a few months. It is 2 days drive away. Should I be up front about the fact that I was arrested, and what I was arrested for, or should I ...
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How to respond to an employer's intent to copy software design

We are working on planning a new design of an old outward facing legacy web application and during one of our meetings we covered the specs for what the new features should be along with the look and ...
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Overpayment from corporation [duplicate]

I worked for a large corporation, I left that corporation on good terms. About 2 months after I left the company I received an email saying that I have been over paid for two weeks worth of salary ...
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Can I be refused a job because they don't have the uniform in the male version [closed]

There is a cashier position in a local supermarket, but they've said that for the moment they have no male uniforms and that I should try again in the future! The uniform is in my opinion fairly ...
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Supervisor shared my personal medical information with the office [closed]

I was greatly disturbed to hear my supervisor sent an inter office memo out to other staff members saying I will be out again tomorrow due to oral surgery for infected teeth. She had no right to ...
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Remotely working on a personal computer from a work machine (off hours) [closed]

I was recently given a new office laptop which has been quite explicit about enforcing certain employer-employee agreements. Because of this I've been reflecting on the ownership rights regarding the ...
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What constitutes a “hostile workplace”?

(This happened in Florida) I'm told the only time a company can be sued for "hostile work environment" is when someone is fired for being of a certain sex, race, age, etc. So what's the solution ...
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I'm a freelancer and my boss fired me without real reason. How can I secure my work? [closed]

Yesterday my boss fired me (I'm still in for one or two days) because of a pretty heated discussion that involved management steps and ideas. We are very far into the beta development stages. I ...
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Legal review of contract with restricted stock [closed]

I'm considering a contract with a very small startup. The compensation is largely equity-based, as opposed to salary. I understand the offer and have strong trust in the other owners (I've worked with ...
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Employment Contract refuses pay for time spent at work outside of store hours [closed]

I work at a retail/department store chain based in New Zealand. Salespeople of this store are expected to arrive at work half an hour before the store opens to discuss sale prices and general ...
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Declined job offer with recruiter after signing employer contract [closed]

My situation, Location South Africa with regards to Labour Law I got a job offer through a recruitment agency which I subsequently signed, when handing in resignation to my current position (Hosted ...
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Project Shutdown due to Legal issues: How to represent on resume?

This is a continuation of a question I asked last week found here: Bankrolled my way to lead developer, does this count as experience? Two years ago, me and a couple online friends decided to write ...
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Is it legal in the USA to ask if applicants have been convicted of specific crimes?

I'm under the impression that it is legal in the USA to ask applicants if they have been convicted of a felony. I'm also under the impression that they have to answer honestly. But as a manager, I'm ...