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Noncompete disputes can arise in various fields of employment

In the pursuit of protecting closely held secrets, many businesses in Florida and elsewhere require employees to sign noncompete agreements prior to beginning work. While at the time these contracts might not seem important, such an agreement could have an impact on one's ability to obtain employment with another company within a given period, especially if that company is a rival. This can lead to noncompete disputes that could prompt a need for an individual to seek guidance on how best to proceed.

Investment disputes can spur a need for securities litigation

Many individuals in Florida and elsewhere have chosen to entrust their investment options into the hands of a financial adviser. While this decision isn't a guarantee of success, one does have the right to a certain standard of performance. Should a person feel as though another party has acted unlawfully, he or she could choose to pursue restitution through securities litigation.

Alphabet and Uber engaged in intense trade secret disputes

Many businesses in Florida and across the company keep a close watch on business interests, especially those that operate in innovative fields. Should a company feel as though an employee or business partner is using inside information unlawfully, trade secret disputes may ensue. Alphabet has recently filed a lawsuit against Uber, in which it accuses the other party of misappropriating numerous trade secrets.

Qualcomm accuses Apple of breach of contract

When two or more companies in Florida and across the country enter a business relationship, a contract is signed by all parties that dictates the terms of the agreement. If one side believes that another is failing to uphold its part of the arrangement, it may choose to pursue restitution through litigation. Qualcomm has recently filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of breach of contract.

Age discrimination could limit one's employment prospects

With an ever-increasing demand in products, and seemingly unlimited room for growth and advancement, many individuals in Florida and elsewhere may be seeking employment in the technology industry. With a multitude of fully capable individuals applying for each position, competitions can run high in a similar setting. Unfortunately, a similar business model has some employees fearing a loss of employment due to their age, and being subjected to such discrimination can be devastating.

Is your employer being unreasonable about accommodations?

It has been a long, slow victory for people who suffer handicaps, having to fight year after year for the smallest gain. Even finding a parking place to accommodate your van or wheelchair can be difficult, despite laws providing reserved spaces for those who need them. These simple accommodations may allow you to participate in activities others take for granted, yet some people still resent them and feel that somehow you have special privileges by taking a prime parking space.

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