I work for a small medical office in New York. I created a bar-coding system for our retail products to make things more efficient for myself when checking clients out. I was not asked to create this by management nor was I compensated for what I did. I have decided to resign from my position here. Can I legally keep the bar-codes I have created?
If you really think you could sell this for a great sum of money, it's probably worth consulting with an attorney to truly examine your rights.
Depending on whether you had an employment contract, signed an employment manual and what the manual or contract said could affect your rights.
Unfortunately for you though, usually, if you perform relevant work for an employer, within the scope of work, whatever you produce is theirs. Especially if you are doing it on their time and using their equipment. If you did this at home, using your own stuff, then you would have a good case it's yours.
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If you have an employment agreement that will govern. However, the answer is likely no. You were compensated by your work.
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