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May 2013 Archives

Drivers who do not get enough sleep to blame for some crashes

Often when one thinks about the reason an accident occurs it is due to a driver engaging in an activity that is clearly dangerous such as driving while intoxicated or trying to text while operating a vehicle. While these behaviors can of course lead to such an outcome, other, seemingly less sinister things can also be the cause of car accidents. One of these factors is drowsy driving.

Sheriff's department settles lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a Missouri deputy against the county sheriff, prosecutor and sheriff's department has been dismissed after the parties agreed to settle outside of court for $145,000. In the employment discrimination lawsuit, the deputy accused the three named parties of employment discrimination, Sunshine Law violation and retaliation.

Gay rights bill advanced in Missouri Senate

In a 19-11 vote, the Senate in Missouri passed a bill making discrimination against gays and lesbians illegal. Democrat Jolie Justus, the first Missouri Senate member who publicly affirmed her homosexuality, had tried six time prior to get the bill passed.

Bill to change prevailing wage law stalls in Missouri

Missouri's prevailing wage law sets the minimum wage rate that is required to be paid on all public works projects in the state. These include the construction of roads, bridges and government buildings paid out of state or local government funds. In 2011, a decision of the Missouri Supreme Court expanded the definition of "construction," bringing more projects within the prevailing wage law's scope. A measure introduced this session in the Missouri Senate sought a return to a more narrow application of the law. Now, Senate Democrats opposed to the bill have successfully blocked a vote on it.

Checklist developed by EMS group reduces medication errors

There are many types of action or inaction in the medical world that could lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit in Kansas City. In addition to the failure to diagnose, some patients are injured due to errors that occurred in course of a surgical procedure. Still others are hurt when physical conditions of the medical facility allow them to fall. Another reason that many people are hurt while under the care of a medical provider is an error concerning medication they are provided.

NTSB considers ways to reduce the number of drunk drivers on road

Motor vehicle accidents are an all too common occurrence throughout the state of Missouri. While there are a multitude of reasons that car crashes occur, most would agree that those that could easily be prevented are particularly upsetting. This is even more true when serious injuries or death is the result.

Missouri worker protest spreads

In the week since it started at a South St. Louis Jimmy John's restaurant, a local work stoppage has blossomed into a worker protest. No less than two-dozen fast-food eateries in the area now have workers who are participating in street protests and rallies to fight for better conditions and representation. Some sources say that the strikers number around 100 workers.

Wet Seal agrees to pay for race discrimination

Accused of firing black employees in favor of staffing the store with blonde haired, blue eyed workers, Wet Seal will pay $7.5 million for discrimination. According to the class action lawsuit that was filed against the retailer for employment discrimination, former top executives at Wet Seal refused to grant promotions and equal pay to African-American store managers. In some cases, the managers were removed and replaced with a white employees.

Pregnant employee required to clock out to use restroom

Any Missouri resident who has dealt with a difficult pregnancy understands that having a baby can be stressful. Now imagine if that stress is compounded by the unreasonable demands of an employer. That's what allegedly happened to one woman who claims she was the victim of unlawful workplace discrimination.

Teacher fired after mother's obituary

Missouri residents may be surprised to learn that the contents of a parent's published obituary could lead to the loss of a job, but that is exactly what one woman says happened to her. The woman claims she was fired from her job at a Catholic school after her mother's obituary included the name of her same-sex partner. She is now considering taking legal action against her former employer for wrongful termination.

Can someone sue their spouse's employer?

When an employee is treated unfairly by an employer, it is not only the employee who suffers. The employee's spouse and family also may be harmed by the workplace discrimination. But do family members have the ability to pursue a claim against the employer for the harm they suffered as a result of the unlawful discrimination? Some Missouri residents may be surprised by the answer.In one recent case, a disabled school custodian and his wife met with the school district's human resources department to discuss possible reasonable accommodations for the man's medical condition, severe and chronic hiccups. The couple asked that the man be allowed to wear a mask while working and avoid exposure to cleaning products. The school district failed to provide an accommodation. The man then suffered a stroke and was unable to return to work.

Ex-employees sue Christian school for religious discrimination

Missouri residents may be interested in an unusual wrongful termination case proceeding in another state. On April 22, nine former employees of a Christian school in Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit in federal court, alleging that they were illegally fired because of their religious beliefs. The group includes managers, teachers and other staff members. The wrongful termination suit seeks reinstatement in the staff members' respective positions, plus back pay for the time they were not working.The school is a charter school founded by a church known as Petra International Ministries. The complaint alleges that the employees who were terminated are all members of the church; the founding member was reportedly removed by the board in June 2012. The plaintiffs were all fired a short time later.