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Sex-related offenses online are handled very seriously

The internet makes it easy to connect with people who you might not ever have met otherwise. For some people, this is a great opportunity to expand a business or find out about different cultures and places. Unfortunately, it also comes with a darker side. Some individuals use the internet for illegal purposes.

Sex-related offenses online are sometimes seen as victimless crimes because there might not be any physical contact between the two parties. Still, there are laws in place to help protect innocent people from being exploited.

Which workers have a high risk of pregnancy discrimination?

Even though the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was passed in 1978, there are still thousands of expecting mothers mistreated at work every year. Both new and experienced employers throughout the nation still do not know how to respond properly when one of their workers becomes pregnant.

Massachusetts recently recognized how prominent the issue is and passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) last year. As the state starts enforcing more protections for pregnant employees, it’s important to recognize which workers will need them.

Understanding what is considered criminal activity online

There are many different things online that can violate the law. Internet sex crimes are one specific category that some might view in a very negative light. Facing charges for something that falls under that umbrella is a challenge because you have to ensure that you launch a solid defense without attacking any alleged victim.

Internet sex crimes come in a few forms. One of the most obvious is that a person uses an online platform to try to find someone for a sexual encounter. When both parties are consenting adults, and no payment exchanges hands, this might be legal. The issue comes when someone accepts money for sexual favor or if one person is a minor.

Employee theft accusations require careful handling

As a business owner, you have a duty to protect your investment. One thing that you can't allow to happen is employee theft. You may have done everything you could think of to prevent this from occurring; however, there is a chance that someone might be too tempted by the money that flows through the business.

If you do have an employee you think is stealing from you, be sure that you react appropriately. You can't just get angry and act in an unprofessional manner. You are still representing your company, and the way you respond can have a significant impact on what happens next.

Sensitivity is imperative in online sex crime defenses

Facing sex-related criminal charges is a very frightening experience. Not only are you being accused of something illegal, but your personal life is also being put out there for everyone to hear. This can make it challenging to develop a defense and face the charges. You need to ensure that you are able to relay your side of the matter to the court without putting the alleged victim in a negative light or saying anything that might make a juror think you are guilty.

Working with an attorney who is familiar with this type of charge can be beneficial to many defendants. This gives you someone who can explain your options to you and help you determine which ones you will pursue. It also provides you with a person who can help you to explain your side of the matter to the court.

Reconsideration of sex offender registry classification ordered

One thing that people who are being charged with child pornography might not think about is having to register as a sex offender because of a conviction. There are two sides that don't see things in the same way when it comes to this. On the one hand, some want to protect the convicted person's rights. On the other hand, most agree that the children need to be protected.

A case went before the Massachusetts Appeals Court that clarifies some points about whether the person should have to register as a sex offender. In the case, a person deemed "John Doe" noted that he was unfairly classified as a level 2 sex offender after he was convicted of child pornography. In this state, people who are level 2 or level 3 have their information available to the public.

Reasonable accommodations are required in some cases

When you have a disability, you might still be able to work to earn a living. You have specific protections for this under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws. Knowing these rights can help you ensure that your employer is remaining in compliance with them, which can provide you with an equal chance to support yourself as any fully abled body person would.

In order to be considered a person who is covered under the ADA, you have to meet the definition of disabled. This means that you have a mental or physical impairment that limits life activities. This doesn't have to be anything obvious, but having a doctor's verification can help.

You aren't anonymous on the internet, so use caution

As we recently discussed, internet sex activity might not always be as innocent as it seems. You have to think about how your activities are aligning with the laws. For example, there are strict laws against child pornography in this country, which means that viewing content that purports to fall under this category should be avoided. We know this is easier said than done, so there are some instances in which a defendant might face criminal charges for actions that they didn't think were illegal.

One thing that you should remember anytime you are online is that you do have some semblance of anonymity, at least on the surface. It is usually possible to view websites using an incognito option; however, there are still records that can be pulled that can show law enforcement what you were viewing.

Internet activity isn't always as innocent as it may seem

The internet has opened up a world of possibilities for information and entertainment, but you shouldn't be careless when you are online just because things are available via your computer, tablet or smartphone. It is still possible to engage in illegal activities even when they are readily available.

Internet sex crimes is one of the newer categories of criminal activity because the internet is still relatively new. For this reason, there seems to be some significant confusion about what types of sexual activities are legal online.

Can using prescribed medical marijuana get you fired?

Can medical marijuana get you fired? This has been a question on the minds of almost all those who use prescription cannabis. If medical marijuana is legal in a state, most employees feel that they should have no problem consuming it, the same as they would prescription pills. Unfortunately, since marijuana levels can be difficult to detect in your system and the drug sticks around on urine tests for a longer length of time, it can be difficult to ascertain if an employee is under the influence of the medication while he or she is engaged in work activities. To add to the conundrum, medical marijuana is not legal under federal law, making court cases a little trickier than they may originally seem. 

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