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As an employer, facing lawsuits from current or former employees may be an unavoidable consequence of doing business. Sometimes, however, lawsuits are the direct result of an employer hiring a bad, or maybe just naive, boss.

There are countless reasons why employees decide to sue. For employers and bosses, both new and old, the following five tips will provide some guidance on how to avoid employee lawsuits.

A recently filed lawsuit that involves the Hooters restaurant chain, sex discrimination, and retaliation, has been making headlines. But unlike the discrimination and retaliation lawsuits against Hooters we've become accustomed to seeing as a result of the adult entertainment aspect of the establishment, the restaurant isn't actually being sued here. Rather, a biomedical company is in the hot-seat due to a senior vice president's request to hold a meeting at a Hooters restaurant.

The high ranking executive proposed having a one-on-one lunch meeting with a female employee at Hooters. As shocking as that may be, in and of itself, what's more is that the executive allegedly stated that he liked the restaurant because he liked being served by attractive women. Although the employee suggested an alternative, and the meeting was not actually held at the Hooters, the employee, and her boss, were both terminated shortly after she filed a complaint about the proposed meeting location.

As individuals and small business owners prepare for tax season, it’s a good time to review some of those weird and wacky deductions that small business owners and professionals have tried to squeak in. From concealed weapons to petting zoos, what can be considered a deductible business expense is rightfully considered a rather large moving target, with some items being easier to hit than others.

What an individual or small business owner can deduct will generally depend on the nature of their business, and whether the expense is necessary and ordinary for the business. While a necessary expense is not required to be an essential expense, at the end of the day, deductions need to make sense.

Florida lawmakers introduced a controversial gun bill this month that increases the burdens on private businesses within the state that want their premises to be "gun-free zones." Under state law, in Florida, and most states for that matter, businesses can prohibit customers from bringing firearms onto the premises, even if the customer has a valid permit for carrying the weapon.

The proposed legislation would still allow businesses in Florida to ban guns from their premises, but it would create statutory liability against the business if a gun owner is injured by violence in gun-free zones. While the bill still has not passed, for Florida's businesses, it is far and away the most relevant piece of Florida's current slew of reverse gun-reform legislation currently being proposed.

A recent trademark violation lawsuit explains why the burger chain In-N-Out is steamed at a Wichita, Kansas dry cleaner. The dry cleaner, which opened last year, decided to more than just fluff before folding, it decided to go by the name In-N-Out Cleaners, and also used a logo and had signage that was stunningly similar to the famous burger joint.

The dry cleaner, since being notified, has taken down their similar looking signs, both in real life and online, and has also stopped using the name In-N-Out. Nevertheless, the burger chain's lawsuit is persisting, seeking not just compensatory damages, but also punitive damages.

Running a brick and mortar business is ripe with pitfalls. On top of ensuring the premises are safe for everyone, accessible to those with disabilities, and meets the business's goals, many business owners wonder about their legal obligation in terms of providing customers with a restroom.

State and local laws and regulations lay out the minimum physical requirements for what a business's public accommodation must provide. So, whether your business must provide a public restroom for customer will depend on where your business is located.

A lawsuit filed by two consumer advocacy NPOs and a labor union yesterday against President Trump, the United States, and several high ranking executive branch officials, is challenging the '1 in 2 out' executive order signed on January 30, 2017. The controversial executive order not only ties the hands of federal regulators, but also ties their purse strings. In a nut shell, the EO requires that for every one new regulation promulgated by federal agencies, there must be two regulations repealed. Additionally, the EO requires that all funding for new regulations be provided via the funding that was intended for the repealed regulations.

The official position from the White House on this EO is that the intention is to spur federal deregulation, which they hope will stimulate business growth. It is no secret that the president has an agenda to loosen federal oversight on business, and he even vowed to repeal 75 percent of all federal regulations. The lawsuit challenges not only the constitutionality of the EO, it also challenges whether the president has the authority to issue this sort of an order. Businesses should keep their eyes on this lawsuit, and how and whether this EO gets executed, particularly if they expend resources on regulatory compliance.

In response to the executive order on immigration prohibiting entry to the US from the seven identified Muslim nations, Starbucks had a few major announcements. The coffee behemoth announced that not only will they be hiring 10,000 refugees worldwide; they also announced a new employee program that provides their employees with free legal advice on immigration issues.

The free immigration legal advice program is meant to help US Starbucks employees that are immigrants and may be concerned about whether the new executive order, which was blocked by a federal judge, impacts them. Additionally, employees are not limited to asking questions about the EO, they can ask any of their legal immigration questions, or other questions about travel restrictions as well. In addition to Starbucks, several tech giants came out against the president's immigration ban. Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft all signed onto a legal brief, with numerous other corporations, which decried the ban, stating that it would inflict harm on American businesses.

The legal marijuana industry did almost $7 billion in sales in 2016, meaning more than a few entrepreneurs are wondering how they can get in on the bud boom. At the moment, though, conflicting state and federal drug laws can make navigating new cannabiz opportunities a bit tricky.

So if you're looking to get a marijuana startup off the ground, here are a few legal issues you'll want to consider first.

While it is possible that the internet contains the exact specific answer to your legal question, it is also possible that someone will try to murder you and your unborn child when you respond to a classified ad online for baby clothes. In the digital wild wild west, business owners need to be extraordinarily careful when relying on legal advice they find online, even from blog posts, and especially from Q&A sources like Reddit.

Below you'll find 3 useful tips to keep in mind when looking for legal answers or advice online.