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Monday, October 14, 2019

Colorado Leads the Nation in Employment Law Reform


What reforms may be adopted nationwide to prevent discrimination against prospective employees?

Nationwide, there has been increasing focus on leveling the playing field for prospective employees. Traditionally, groups like women and individuals with criminal records have experienced discrimination in the hiring process. Colorado has led the way in implementing new laws aimed at reducing the pay gap between men and women, as well as helping those with criminal history find a job. It seems likely other states will soon mirror Colorado’s strides forward. Our NYC employment discrimination lawyers discuss Colorado’s new laws and what they could mean for job seekers in New York.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Publishers Sue Audible for Copyright Infringement


A copyright grants the holder certain exclusive rights such as the exclusive ability to reproduce or display the protected work. When someone uses the work protected by copyright without permission, this is referred to as “copyright infringement.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act


Mass layoffs mean that a large number of people have lost their jobs. The devastating effects of a mass layoff extend out into the community. When a group of community members has lost their livelihoods, they cannot contribute to the local economy as they could before. They lack the financial resources to purchase goods and services. Thus, other community members become adversely affected by mass layoffs.
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Former Tinder Executive Sues Company for Wrongful Termination


What are the grounds for a claim of wrongful termination?

A former executive of the popular dating app Tinder, Inc. has filed suit against Tinder’s parent companies alleging both sexual assault and wrongful termination. Rosette Pambakian worked as the vice president of marketing and communications at Tinder starting in 2012. During that time, Gregory Blatt acted as the chief executive.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Elements of a Copyright Infringement Case


A copyright provides legal protection which grants creators the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and create derivative work of a copyrighted entity. If someone other than the copyright holder uses copyrighted material without the owner’s permission, copyright infringement has occurred. It can be a costly legal mistake to infringe upon the copyright of another. The party responsible for the infringement may be held liable for damages including $750 to $150,000 per work, or the actual damages and profits that were earned because of the infringement. Additional penalties may include court costs and attorney’s fees and, in some instances, even jail time.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Would Donald Trump’s “Go Back to Your Country” Statements Constitute Employment Discrimination?


By now, you have likely heard of the controversy surrounding some recent tweets and statements made by President Trump towards several female Democratic congresswomen. The President’s tweet read that certain congresswomen, who had allegedly made statements expressing their discontent with America in its current state, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Further, Trump repeated the sentiment in a speech issuing a broader sentiment that if you are not happy here in the United States, you can leave.

Trump’s statements have been lambasted broadly by the media. His controversial statements have raised interesting issues as to whether President Trump’s statements, in fact, constitute racist remarks and whether they could be grounds for employment discrimination.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Supreme Court Rules in Copyright Owner Case


Copyright Registration

You may have valid ownership rights to copyright without a copyright registration. However, Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act makes it clear that no lawsuit may be brought regarding copyright infringement until “registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title.” The courts, however, have been split regarding the specifics of this provision. It is clear that a Read more . . .


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Former Jack in the Box Employee Awarded $15 Million in Wrongful Termination Case


What are the grounds for a viable wrongful termination action?

A Los Angeles Superior Court recently awarded a former Jack in the Box employee $15 million in damages following her wrongful termination. The substantial award will be contested by the San Diego based restaurant chain. Employees nationwide will want to review the case and follow the appeal to learn more about the grounds for wrongful termination. Every year, millions of employees will lose their jobs for various reasons, many not explained.  While most employment is at will, there are certain protected reasons that make it Read more . . .


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Google Asks the Supreme Court to Weigh In On Its Battle with Oracle


Should Google be made to pay for using portions of Oracle’s code?

What has been called the “copyright case of the decade” could soon be headed to the Supreme Court.  The saga of Oracle versus Google continues, as Google has now requested the nation’s highest court to hear the ongoing matter. Over 175 companies have expressed their support for the Supreme Court to take up the action.  Should the Supreme Court take the case, it will become a major decision to be referred to for decades in the field of copyright law. Below, our New York City Read more . . .


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Copyright


A copyright can provide valuable legal protection. A copyright is a kind of intellectual property law protection. If your work is copyrighted, it is so from the moment it is created. Registration of the copyright, however, is required if you ever want to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit. Not all original works are eligible for Read more . . .


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Federal Employment Laws Protect LGBT Employees


Does federal law prohibit workplace discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation?


Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will take up the important issue of whether federal employment laws protect LGBT employees.  The court will consider three different cases, two focused on discrimination based on sexual orientation and the third involving discrimination against a transgender employee. Already, the result of these cases is highly anticipated as it could have significant implications for the thousands of federal employees that identify as LGBT.
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