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Can Employees Sue for Harassment About Their Weight?

A New Jersey Employment Lawyer Discusses Employment Law A former New Jersey resort employee is suing his ex-employer for discrimination against him based on his weight. According to the claim, the employee was made fun of by his bosses because of his weight. The employee in the case, at 300 pounds, could be classified as morbidly obese. The distinction between overweight and morbidly obese is important, as there are legal implications to each. If you’ve watched the news recently, you probably know that obesity rates in America rose steadily within the last few decades and that we are now experiencing what some may call an “obesity epidemic”. Along with this rise in obesity has been an increase in people calling out so-called “fat-shaming” in the workplace and society as a whole. So, you might be surprised then to learn that there are actually no protections for employees who face discrimination…
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How Do I Protect My Copyright?

A Monmouth County Business Lawyer Explains Copyright protection is a fundamental part of what we do at our Monmouth County business law firm. The concept of copyright is one of the most important legal tools available for protecting your business’ unique brand and voice. The Basics of Copyright The term “copyright” is often used interchangeably with “trademark,” despite the fact that the two are used to protect entirely different business interests. The United States Copyright Office indicates that a copyright protects “original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.” The same statute goes on to stipulate that “copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.” In a business setting, copyrightable assets may include proprietary software, procedural manuals, web pages, educational materials, and artistic content…
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How Strong is the Corporate Veil?

Is your corporate veil a fortress between the company and your personal assets? Or is it a transparent curtain barely protecting shareholders’ individual assets? Speak with a Monmouth County business lawyer to find out if your corporate veil can withstand an attack from potential plaintiffs. If you operate your business as a corporation, you enjoy the benefit of shielding shareholders’ personal assets from the debts and liabilities of the company. Meaning, creditors can reach the corporation’s assets but once those are exhausted, the shareholder’s assets are safe. Or are they? In some case, creditors will try to “pierce the corporate veil,” which means they will attempt to have the corporation set aside in order to reach the shareholders’ personal assets. This usually occurs when the corporation has insufficient assets, causing the plaintiff to claim that the corporation is a “sham” or “shell.” The motive generally behind a sham corporation is…
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When is Business Litigation a Necessary Step?

New Jersey Construction Company Sues Over Unpaid Work A New Jersey construction company has recently filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Pohatcong Township, claiming it failed to pay work-related expenses on a renovation project at the city hall. The company was contracted to build an addition on the side of the structure where the courtroom and police station are located, labors which have since been completed. The project was begun back in 2011, but experienced delays when the township pushed costs past its original bid. According to the civil filing, the township demanded work that was “beyond the scope of the contract.” It also claims the township hindered the company’s progress by not vacating the worksite in time for crews to begin working, reoccupying portions of the building while construction was still ongoing, and forcing the project into postponement by failing to make timely payments. The city has refused to pay…
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