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My new job came with a pay raise that is being rescinded

Time to move on to another company First, as stated in the comments, discuss the legality of this with an attorney. This will vary state to state, but most states are at will employment. I will add ...
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Possible repercussions from assault between coworkers outside the office

You need to make HR aware that there are potential criminal charges between two of their employees resulting from an out of work incident, as this will affect the professional relationships of ...
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Possible repercussions from assault between coworkers outside the office

You need to talk to a lawyer before you say anything to anyone about this incident. Don't assume you're safe because you didn't do anything; the law is complex and the other people involved may not ...
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My company is probably violating LGPL, and I think I may be complicit

Generally speaking, you are not a lawyer and it is not your job to make sure your company complies with all licenses and other contracts it may have. Your job is to see that there is a license ...
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Possible repercussions from assault between coworkers outside the office

You are a witness. You need to refuse to discuss the case at work except to parties such as HR and your boss with a need to know (and they only need to know there was a problem, not details). As far ...
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Boss says that he will put in claim for damages if I quit

People can say all sorts of things. Whether you can be sued "for damages" by your employer is a question for a lawyer and depends on your location, situation and contract. By and large, employees are ...
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My boss makes me use cracked software. How should I react?

A wolf remains a wolf, even if he has not eaten your sheep. Your CEO has demonstrated a clear lack of respect for ethics and the law, just because he hasn't gotten around to screwing you over doesn't ...
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Gave 60 days notice, boss said to leave before Christmas (UK)

Both: You have the right to be paid for your notice period. Your employer has the right for you to work your full notice period. Everything beyond that is subject to negotiation. At the moment, it ...
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Why are CEOs generally fired rather being demoted?

It's not just CEOs. It's pretty unusual for anyone in a leadership position to step down and take a lower role in that organization. To start with it usually makes for a strained relationship between ...
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Does being told you're not liked and asked to quit meet the legal definition of harassment under the UK Equality Act of 2010?

I'm Canadian, we have similar laws but not identical. This is something that needs to be addressed by your company HR department. That behaviour is unacceptable and cannot be condoned. That being ...
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My new job came with a pay raise that is being rescinded

They can do this California is an at will employment state. So assuming that you do not have a contract with a specific salary for a specific date range (e.g. $XY,000 per annum from 12/1/2020-11/30/...
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Boss says that he will put in claim for damages if I quit

Now, that last line. I see that as a threat and I was wondering if it's even legal for them to say that. It is a clear threat, unless and until you have been done anything which is against your ...
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Changing your mind about parental leave

About the workplace aspect of this: The law (Bundeselterngeld- und Elternzeitgesetz) entitles parents to take up to 36 months of parental leave (Elternzeit) per child (this is for both together, and ...
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I showed some copyrighted code online and got busted for it. Now what should I do?

In cases like this what should I do? Learn your lesson, never do it again, and never, ever, ever think that you can completely delete anything that has been posted to the web. As for smoothing over ...
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How to deal with illegal discrimination as part of a decision-making group

I've been assigned to run interviews for a position. What kind of training have you done? Have you told the interviewing team what they are expected to do? Specifically, have you informed them ...
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Gave 60 days notice, boss said to leave before Christmas (UK)

You asked your employer to reduce your notice period, and they proposed a day. You don't have to accept it - you can negotiate another day (if your employer agrees), or revert to the 60 day notice. ...
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Are there any countries where a company can lawfully claim owning you 100% of the time, even outside proper working hours?

It isn’t that the company owns you 100%. It’s that by submitting to Open source in such a way can put IBM into a legal pickle. A couple of examples (not limited to). Possible protected Intellectual ...
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Possibly Inappropriate Question on Performance Review

It's a stupid question, and everybody should treat it as such. The first thing everybody should do is to go and talk to their boss about what this means. Is the company going to be asking for more ...
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My company is probably violating LGPL, and I think I may be complicit

You have two concerns: (1) a concern about your personal legal liability, and (2) a concern about your employer's ethics. It's helpful to keep those two things separate in your mind. Regarding your ...
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Is it discrimination to reject applicant based on personal views or belief?

If their "personal belief" regarding not hiring someone is based on a protected characteristic in that jurisdiction, (e.g. gender, religion, age, race, etc in the US, UK etc) then yes that's ...
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Possible repercussions from assault between coworkers outside the office

Do you fear that A may physically assault you? If you have any such fear you should immediately make HR and/or the police aware of that. If you only fear that A may retaliate against you in ways that ...
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How can I get equivalent unpaid time off, since I won't need parental leave

You asked three questions, Is my employer discriminating against non-parents? If so, is this discrimination allowed by UK employment law? Employment law in the UK currently classifies parental ...
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Left work and they would like to look at the personal emails

No, don't ever give them access to your personal account. If they have specific emails they want deleted, then they can inform you and you can do it yourself. If they want to watch you deleting said ...
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Does being told you're not liked and asked to quit meet the legal definition of harassment under the UK Equality Act of 2010?

It is harassment. Don't take this lightly, you don't want it to escalate behind your back. It's also a threat, sometimes the sort of people who would say something like this can get physical, ...
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My boss makes me use cracked software. How should I react?

Cracked software has two different issues: The (lack of) license, which depending on your location could be illegal and hence open your company to legal processes and damages. The unknown provenance ...
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Manager pushing acting manager aside when she is about to go on maternity leave when the pregnancy is a secret

Telling the boss that someone is pregnant and therefore shouldn't get an assignment is a bad, bad, BAD idea. Either the boss will act on it, in which case Bekkie is part of something that is probably ...
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Why are CEOs generally fired rather being demoted?

At any career level, having someone replace you, and then having to witness daily how that new person performs at your previous the job (either better or worse than you), would be extremely ...
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What can employers do if an employee disappears?

Depends greatly on the company and their policies Note that it is best to ask ones own company to get details on the steps that they will take, since it will vary by company. With that said here are ...
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Does being told you're not liked and asked to quit meet the legal definition of harassment under the UK Equality Act of 2010?

This is completely unacceptable in many ways, including legally. While only a court can definitively pronounce on what is harassment, this is virtually certain to fall within that category. You ...
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