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Suing a Contractor for Unfinished Work

Working with contractor can often be frustrating, especially if disputes occur in the middle of a project. For example, what happens if the contractor leaves his or her work unfinished? Well, the easiest option is to talk to the contractor to see what's going on. But, if that doesn't resolve the issue, then it may be time to pursue a legal action against the contractor.

Is Your Business's Online Content Illegal?

Many big companies have employees, or even departments, to specifically assess the risks and liabilities of the company. But, as a small business, you probably don't have the budget to have employees dedicated to risk management. One risk that's important to identity and address is the possibility of your business having illegal online content. According to the Business 2 Community article written on this topic, here are a few common ways that your business's content online may be violating laws.

Lyft Sued for Discrimination by Wheelchair Users

When you own and operate a business, it's always important to comply with all applicable small business laws. A new lawsuit filed against Lyft is alleging that the rideshare company is in violation of laws that guarantee equal access to those with disabilities. More specifically, Disability Rights Advocates have filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Lyft "discriminates against people who use wheelchairs by not making available wheelchair-accessible cars in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Casino Changes Policy to Check Hotel Rooms Every 24 Hours

Caesars Entertainment will check guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours even with a 'do not disturb' sign on the door, under a newly announced policy. The company, one of the largest casino operators in the world, joins a growing list of hotel and casino operators that have taken similar steps following last October's mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This raises familiar questions for balancing guest security and business liability against guests' privacy interests. So what does it mean for other business owners?

Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Liquor License?

Starting a business takes time, money, and knowledge of not only the area of business that you'll be engaged in, but also of laws and regulations that apply to your type of business. For example, most businesses are required to obtain various licenses and permits in order to legally operate in a particular area. Additionally, if a business is looking to sell alcohol, it will need to obtain a liquor license.

Can Your Company Avoid Biometric Privacy Lawsuits?

Biometrics has been all the rage the last few years, offering a good way to ditch your "Password1" password for something uniquely identifiable and entirely yours. Businesses have increasingly adopted biometrics to replace tickets, employee ID badges, time clocks, and customers struggling to remember a password before purchasing a product.

So what's the catch? Recently, there's been a rise in class action lawsuits alleging companies are misusing biometric data belonging to patrons, employees, and more. It's gotten some business facing unwelcome attention and potential legal liability as a result.

Applebee's Fires 3 for Racial Profiling

An Applebee's restaurant has fired three employees and temporarily closed after admitting to racially profiling two diners. It's a lesson for all small business owners in the importance of properly training employees, being sure about your facts before accusing people of stealing from you, and social media's power to quickly embarrass you.

New Uber Policy: Drivers Must Rest 6 Hours After Driving 12 Hours

Your Uber experience is getting a little safer. In a nod to the old adage that injured customers and cranky employees -- I mean, independent contractors -- are bad for business, the ride-sharing company is rolling out a feature forcing Uber drivers to take 6 hours off after driving for 12 hours.

Can Restaurants Serve Marijuana in Food?

As more states legalize marijuana, more people are asking about the future of restaurants serving 'edibles' to customers. It's an interesting question touching on a number of tension points in the law, among them state vs. federal drug laws and regulation of the food and restaurant industry.

Chicago KFC Can't Market Muslim-Friendly Chicken, Court Rules

Here's a court case made for the drive-through. A federal court in Chicago has ruled that Afzal Lokhandwala, owner of several Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in the area, can keep selling halal chicken at his restaurants -- he just can't advertise it as halal chicken. The case offers a good example of how franchise agreements can control certain aspects of a franchisee's business and the problems that can pose for entrepreneurs.