Freedom to Work, a national civil rights group, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against ExxonMobil for what it believes to be a breach of the Illinois Human Rights Act, the state’s ban on anti-LGBT workplace discrimination.
The group conducted an experiment to support its suit. In this exercise, the civil rights organization applied to an Exxon job posting using two fictitious resumes, one belonging to a straight woman of modest qualifications and the other belonging to a lesbian with excellent qualifications, better job skills, and more work experience. The lesbian’s resume listed membership in a LGBT group while the straight woman’s resume had membership in a feminist organization in its stead.
The company contacted the straight women repeatedly to offer her the position despite not receiving any reply. They did not contact the lesbian applicant.
Exxon claims it has a strong corporate anti-discrimination policy, but what the company has on its books is not specific. It has been resistant of instating a concrete anti-LGBT discrimination policy and the company is urging shareholders to vote against such a policy being put into effect at an upcoming meeting.Read More
A nursing home in Decatur, Alabama is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after one of the residents died of aspiration pneumonia as a result of an accident.
The home was performing a routine fire drill in October of last year when one of the residents, a 93-year-old woman who was confined to a wheelchair, ended up accidentally rolling away from the caretakers. Her wheelchair was allegedly allowed to roll down a hill, propelling the aged woman out of it and into a ditch.
She was later found face down in the water and rushed to a hospital, where she died three days later.
The lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of the home, asserting that her caretakers should have ensured her safety by not leaving her in a dangerous place. The suit seeks unspecified damages and was filed on behalf of her estate.Read More
The Islamic Republic of Iran is considering filing a lawsuit following the success of the film “Argo,” which portrays the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis in a light the middle-eastern nation believes is derogatory.
The film follows the rescue of six hostages from the United States embassy in Iran during the crisis, which lasted a total of 444 days and coincided with the nation’s revolution. Argo won the Academy Award for best picture earlier this year.
Iran believes the film’s historically inaccurate portrayal of the events is harmful to its already suffering international relations. It has been criticized for taking liberties with historical events and stereotyping Iranians as hateful towards Americans. However, the film was never advertised as a documentary and therefore does not need to be historically accurate. It is not uncommon for films that are based on actual events take such liberties for the sake of narrative.
Many U.S. attorneys agree that the any potential lawsuit would have no merit. The United States and Iran do not have formal diplomatic ties. Iran is heavily sanctioned by the United States as well as the United Nations.Read More
Among all of the causes of car accidents in the United States, reckless driving is at the top of the list. This is partly because there are so many ways to drive recklessly and endanger oneself and others on the road. Despite sometimes harsh legal penalties for convicted reckless drivers, many still maintain dangerous driving behaviors, putting others at risk as well as themselves.
There are many different kinds of behaviors that can constitute as reckless driving. Some of the most common include behaviors like:
* Drinking and driving
* Refusing to yield
* Running red lights
* Running stop signs
* Distracted driving
All of these behaviors could put innocent people at a high risk for being involved in a car accident with a reckless driver. Multiple people might be involved as well, increasing the physical damage thats possible in a car accident. Reckless driving creates a huge amount of dangers for everyone on the road. Some of the greatest dangers of reckless driving involve the injuries that its often causes. For instance, some common injuries that people sustain after being hit by a reckless driver include:
* Broken bones / fractured bones
* Neck / back pain
* Spinal cord injuries
* Blood loss / loss of consciousness
* Emotional trauma
These injuries can negatively impact any persons life, both physically and financially. Most often, reckless driving victims are forced to seek extensive medical treatment in order to recover fully from their accidents, but many people cannot afford this treatment. However, when a reckless driver hits an innocent person can causes an accident, that driver might owe the victim compensation.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a reckless driving accident because another driver hit you, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss your possibility for obtaining compensation.Read More
While many dogs fit the stereotype that they are “man’s best friend,” some dogs are naturally more aggressive than others. Even if aggressive tendencies are not bred into dogs, they can be raised to be more aggressive as well. It is an owner’s responsibility to control his or her dog, and its behaviors, at all times. If an owner cannot control the behavior of a dog and the dog attacks someone, that dog owner might have to pay the person who was attacked financial compensation.
Dogs can attack people or other animals for many reasons. In some cases, they get scared, or they become angry or feel threatened. However, in some cases, certain dog breeds are known to be more aggressive than others. In these cases, it is still up to an owner to know about its dog’s tendencies and to anticipate if it may become more aggressive.
Breeds to Watch Out For
Not every dog will attack a person or another animal, but some dogs are bred to be more aggressive. Several dog breeds that might be more aggressive, and have a higher chance of attacking than others, include:
- * German Shepherds
- * Dobermans
- * Chow Chows
- * Rottweilers
These dogs can be much more aggressive than other dog breeds, and they might be more likely to hurt a person or another dog or animal. When he or she purchases a dog, every dog owner assumes a legal responsibility over that dog’s behavior. So if his or her dog attacks a person, a dog owner should be ready to meet the financial obligations that might come of a dog attack.
If you or someone you love has been hurt by an aggressive dog and you want to know more about your legal options, contact a qualified personal injury lawyer today.Read More
As parents and grandparents age, providing them with the level of care they need can become difficult and many families must make the decision to move their loved ones into a nursing home. For many people, this can be a vast improvement due to the availability of nurses and medical care, as well as comfortable living arrangements. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. One of the most troubling issues with nursing home care is the potential for abuse that exists. While most individuals working in nursing homes are not perpetrators of abuse and are diligent in preventing abuse of any kind against their residents, this is not always the case. In fact, a study done between the years of 1999 and 2001 concluded that nearly one-third of all nursing homes had abuse violations. Anytime abuse happens in a nursing home, whether it is at the hands of an employee, another resident, or anyone else, it is unacceptable. When abuse is suspected or uncovered, the nursing home may be taken to court for their negligence and role in perpetuating the situation.
Nursing Home Emotional Abuse
While physical abuse is often easier to detect, emotional abuse may slip under the radar. Some of the common types of emotional abuse that happen against elderly residents include:
- Verbal abuse
Emotional abuse can have a dramatic impact on the well-being of a nursing home resident. It can not only affect their emotional well-being, but can also have effects on their physical health due to the stress it may cause. If you notice signs of stress, depression, or anxiety in your loved one, it may be due to emotional abuse.
No family should have to put up with any type of abuse perpetuated against their loved ones. If someone you love has been the victim of abuse in a nursing home facility, you have the option of taking legal action against that facility for the damage done to your loved one’s state of well-being. To learn more about your legal options, contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer.Read More