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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Public Benefits for Oregon on
Q: If I leave my job due to harassment, intimidation, bullying, because nothing was done, can I still get unemployment?

I've been working at my current position for over a year now. I am constantly bullied, harassed, and intimidated by coworker and a higherup. I have reported this several times, but nothing has been done. When I have had meetings to explain why I feel I am being treated poorly, it is blamed on... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Feb 6, 2022

Potentially. Eligibility after quitting is never a sure thing, and ultimately it will be up to an administrative law judge. You will have to prove you had no choice but to quit.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Oregon on
Q: Is it considered copyright infringement if someone uses copyrighted initials in part of their name?

For instance, CPK is copyrighted by the Cabbage Patch Kids company. So if someone uses CPKCLAIRE would that be infringement? Specifically the ending of a URL, like blogspot.com/cpkclaire.

Update: In regards to Michael’s answer, CPK is a registered trademark, so if someone uses it with... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Jan 13, 2022

No, because you cannot copyright initials or even a signature. But, you can trademark initials and signatures.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Contracts, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: Does the statute of frauds apply to employment agreements?

I was given an offer of employment. I accepted the position and I quit my job to take the new job. The day before my start date I was informed that my start date was being postponed due to weather conditions. After inquiring as to when I would begin working for them I was told that they would not... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Jan 5, 2022

The statute of frauds is used to basically invalidate contracts, which is not what you are trying to do.

You may have a breach of contract if you can show the contract was for a certain length and thus it was no longer at will, or potentially a promissory estoppel claim due to quitting your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Business Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I signed a paper in November saying I was getting a dollar raise I have not received my raise yet.

I signed a paper saying I was getting a dollar raise back in November, we are now in January and I have not received my raise on my paychecks. My pay stubs still say the same amount. I have talked to my boss more than one time about this and was told the bookkeeper was going to fix this but has not... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Jan 2, 2022

Other than quitting, or bugging them, they really is not much you can do until you are no longer employed there. Once you leave, assuming they do not fix it, then you have some options that will get you the back wages and likely penalties as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: My employer wants us to work OT at the regular rate to pay back front-loaded sick time. Is that legal?

My employer is providing a one-time loan of 40 hours of PTO due to Covid and loss of work for winter weather (we're a construction company). They would like us to pay back that money by working overtime, though they'll only compensate us at our regular rate of pay, citing the risk that... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Dec 30, 2021

Yes, they cannot do that. No matter what, other than if you are exempt from OT in general, if you work more than 40 hours in a week, you are owed OT.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright for Oregon on
Q: Is a piece of folk art, created in 1831, owned by a museum, in the public domain for the purposes of creating a likenes

The museum acquired the piece in 1941 and declares that the website image is in the public domain with no restriction on use. The item is a cross stitch sampler. I want to create and copyright a pattern for others to use to recreate the sampler. I intend to profit from my use of the likeness of the... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Oct 18, 2021

Most likely it is in the public domain by now, but creation date is not the key for copyright, but the date of publication.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Oregon on
Q: If I stayed at a persons rental a month after they had covid and then I got sick with covid is the owner liable
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Oct 11, 2021

You seem to imply you believe you got COVID from them. That would be extremely unlikely when you look at the science. Even the CDC has said in the last few months all the cleaning we did wasn't needed, as the odds of transmission that way are extremely remote. That is, by the time you stayed... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Business Formation and Insurance Defense for Oregon on
Q: Can I use a like image of PennyWise on my Tattoo Shops logo?

My company's name is INK Therapy, or "IT"

AND the slogan is,"Sit down and deal with IT"

I'm trying to find out if I can use PennyWise's image???

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Oct 10, 2021

Basically no, as you would presumably infringe on someone's copyright and also likely a trademark.

I try to make it simple: If you are trying to make money off of someone else's work, there is likely a problem.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: So my disabled mother and i where in a car accident on the 10th of aug this year and it was clearly the guys fault

is saying its my fault and now his insurance is giving me the run around and im not sure if i should lawyer up or not my mother keeps saying she doesnt want a lawyer but i think thats more about having to pay but i feel like i really need a lawyer at this point!!! what would be the best course of... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Sep 27, 2021

Most attorneys take on cases such as yours as contingency, so you usually do not pay anything unless the attorney gets you something. However, an attorney would need to review your case to know if you have a strong enough case to take it, as here you indicate there is a dispute as to liability. Use... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for Oregon on
Q: Is there anything happening in Oregon blocking vaccine mandates by employers and or schools in Oregon?

If not, have other states had success in blocking vaccination mandates?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Aug 20, 2021

I have not heard of anything in Oregon, and attempts in other states, as usual and expected by the legal community, have been unsuccessful.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: See below

I have a question - I put in a proper 2-week notice on May 17th with May 31st being my last day of the 2 week notice.  I understand I forfeited all but 16 hours of my vacation according to HR and company’s policy around 2 week notices.  The 31st is a holiday and our HR Generalist moved my Exit... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on May 27, 2021

Holiday pay is not a legally controlled item, it is only a company policy, so you would have to look at your company's policies. That said, while you may not have control over holidays, you did have control as to when to put in your notice, and Memorial Day has been scheduled on that date for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Are online notarys accepted in oregon? Will the states employment dept accept it if so or do you know?

I know its a odd question. I just don't know the laws on online notarization.

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on May 5, 2021

Yes, Oregon has online notaries now: https://sos.oregon.gov/business/Pages/remote-online-notarization.aspx

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Oregon on
Q: I need assistance with employee laws
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on May 5, 2021

Then ask a question here, or contact an employment law attorney in your area. There is a find a lawyer link above so you can search for an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Oregon on
Q: It looks like "the sorting hat" is TMed for toys and the like, but that I could use it in a coffee shop name, correct?
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Apr 21, 2021

Just because there is no federal US trademark on it does not mean it would be fair game. An analysis would be much deeper. Besides, there are three live marks for "the sorting hat" and one is for a bunch of printed material. If you look at that, let's say you could open a coffee... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Oregon on
Q: Is it legal to purchase baseballs, cut them up with parts of the logo showing, and then use to make jewelry?

More specifically, if I use a Rawlings baseball and make earrings with the logo on the earrings, is that copyright infringement?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Apr 14, 2021

Copyright would likely not be the issue as the Rawlings and/or MLB logos are likely not copyrighted (nor likely copyrightable), but you could have a trademark issue. The issue would be similar to an extent of the recent Lil Nas X Satan shoes issue that Nike sued over.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: Can I sue the other driver of a car that hit mine?

My car was hit on the rear passenger side. The crash report says my car was only going 5mph when hit. According to the police report the car following behind the other car stated the lady ran a red light. The insurance company of the other driver said we were at fault because one witness said our... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Apr 1, 2021

I would strongly suggest finding an attorney to handle this. Almost all of the ones who handle car crashes take cases on a contingency, meaning you don't pay them unless they recover for you. Almost all also offer a free consultation, so they can ask you questions to see if you have a good case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Does my employer have the right to terminate me for not taking vaccine in the state of Oregon?

I was asked today if I'd be taking the covid vaccine when its available April 15th. I told him I wouldn't. He said if I dont get it,I need to look for another job. Its my understanding that Oregon allows,not only religious accommodation,but philosophical reasons as well. Im aware I can... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Mar 29, 2021

Except under certain circumstances (that you do not mention) yes, they can require that you take the vaccine.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Oregon on
Q: Copyrighted photograph, recreated and manipulated for my album cover. Do I need to purchase rights to use original pic?

My artist essentially re-created a photograph that is licensed (in the UK) using Pastel paint, and then a graphic designer manipulated the painting a little further to create my album cover. Should I seek out and purchase the rights to use the original photograph?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Mar 26, 2021

This sounds like a derivative work, so if that is the case, you would most likely need to get a license.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: I got side swiped by a car while riding my bike. Hit and run. Can I sue if we find the person? And for how much?

His mirror broke off on my hip and threw me off my bike. He or she didnt stop. I went to the hospital but nothing was broken. Just severely bruised.

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Mar 1, 2021

First, make sure to file a claim with your PIP, assuming you have auto insurance yourself (or someone in your household does). That will pay for the hospital trip, plus any future care such as physical therapy if you need it.

Then, assuming you have auto coverage yourself, you should also...
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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Insurance Bad Faith for Oregon on
Q: Can an insurer require you to be evaluated by their doctor when treatment is partway done?

Last summer I was rear ended while stopped by a big truck with a solid steel bumper while I was in my 2003 Hyundai. Over the next few months I developed back pain and stiffness, along with sciatica. I started seeing a chiropractor after filing a claim with my insurer (who told me this was... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
answered on Jan 28, 2021

Yes, they can require this. If you review your policy I can guarantee you there is a clause that says you have to cooperate with your carrier, and that you must submit to what we call an IME. If they make you start going to a lot of them, then you might consider talking to an attorney to see at... Read more »

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