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4 signs your child might be getting bullied at school

When you send your child to school in Kansas City, you expect the teachers and administration to do what is necessary to keep her safe. There are strict policies about who can and cannot enter campus, dress code policies, attendance policies, plus many more that administrators have designed to promote a safe and productive learning environment. However, one of the major issues that seems to often go unaddressed is how the children treat each other, both on and off campus.

Harassment and bullying on school campuses have been making headlines on a more regular basis as these acts have ended in tragic events. While sometimes these instances of bullying and harassment go on where teachers and other adults do not see it, there have been several disturbing cases where not only are teachers turning a blind eye, but some are participating or even encouraging the mistreatment of students by their peers. Would you know if your daughter was a victim of bullying? Read below for signs of bullying that your child might display.

Should I accept a severance package?

Sometimes, an employer may offer you a severance package when he or she terminates your employment. While we've all heard of the company executive who accepts the golden parachute and comfortably lands on his or her feet, not all severance packages are that generous or even beneficial. Just because you received an offer of a severance package doesn't mean that you should definitely take it.

An employer who offers you a severance package must have good reason to do so. In most instances, an employer is not bound by state or federal law to offer severance packages to terminated employees, so you should not accept the offer until you understand why your employee offered it.

A few facts you should know about sexual harassment

All workers deserve to have a good working environment. There are some aspects of job locations that can't be controlled, but others, like the actions of workers, can be controlled. One thing that no worker should ever have to deal with is sexual harassment.

Many people think that sexual harassment does not occur often. In fact, there are a lot of misconceptions about sexual harassment that you shouldn't believe. Here are a few of those, as well as the truth about each point.

Was your child sexually abused at camp or in sports?

Most parents enroll their children in summer camp or extracurricular activities to help improve their social skills and encourage active bodies and minds. Most of the time, children benefit greatly from having unique and engaging experiences at sleepaway camp or training their bodies for the rigors of competitive sports.

Unfortunately, when the wrong kind of person obtains a job working as a camp counselor, sports coach or even a sports medicine provider, the impact of these activities can end up being a negative for your child and your whole family.

4 subtle ways workers could face discrimination

Experts warn that workplace discrimination isn't as obvious as it used to be. While this is good on some fronts -- officials have passed laws to reduce discrimination, and they've had an effect -- that doesn't mean the discrimination has entirely ended.

In a lot of cases, it's just more subtle now. It still exists. Here are a few examples to help you see if you're facing discrimination.

Women in technology industry subjected to harassment

If you are a woman working in a male-dominated industry, chances are good that at some point in your career trajectory, you have experienced sexual harassment and/or discrimination in the workplace.

Discrimination can sometimes be subtle, such as not being asked to attend a "guy's golfing trip" where the Chief Executive Officer mingles with male underlings out on the links, giving the subordinates an unfair advantage to shine favorably before a big promotion.

Employers should protect workers against customer harassment

When people talk about workplace sexual harassment, most people think about employers and managers harassing staff. While this form of harassment is common (and illegal), it is also very common for service workers to get subjected to harassment by customers or clients. Many businesses intentionally hire attractive, younger people for highly visible positions to entice more customers.

Service workers feel like they need to be outgoing, even flirty, just to make a living wage. A smile, a wink or a little innuendo could go a long way to a big tip. That doesn't mean it's okay for customers or clients to stalk, harass or intimidate workers for being nice. Workers in number of service-related fields, from medical massage professionals to servers at restaurants, are often subject to harassment or even sexual assault by customers who touch them without consent.

How do I prove quid pro quo sexual harassment?

"Quid pro quo" sexual harassment uses terminology from ancient Latin that means "something for something." As such, quid pro quo harassment refers to an instance where a superior offers something in exchange for a sexual favor.

Quid pro quo harassment also refers to a superior threatening that an employee will be fired or punished for not performing a sexual service. Or, a superior might offer a job applicant employment in exchange for sexual favors.

Problems with hernia mesh implant? You have options

The pain and problems that are associated with hernias lead people to seek medical care for this condition. In some cases, the doctor who handles the case might say that the patient needs a hernia mesh implant. While these are sometimes appropriate, they can lead to considerable issues.

If you had the surgery to implant a hernia mesh, you should be aware of the possible issues that can occur. There comes a point when you might realize that these problems are more of an issue than the hernia. If you have complications after a hernia mesh implant surgery, you may opt to seek compensation.

5 signs of age discrimination on the job

You just had your 50th birthday party. Some of your co-workers congratulated you. It wasn't a big deal, but one of them brought a cupcake into work. You know it's a significant milestone.

However, as much as those workers embraced you, you're also a bit worried. Are you going to face discrimination because of your age? Could this prove to be a serious issue in the near future? Is that milestone more of a detriment to your career than anything else?