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December 2013 Archives

Possible steps to avoid drunk driving accidents during holidays

While the holidays are a time of year for decking the halls with boughs of holly and being jolly, there are other considerations to take into account as well. A major factor people should take into account before leaving on their holiday road trip this year is to consider the sheer number of people who will be traveling. Drunk driving accidents are also on the rise this time of year due to negligent drivers. Leaving earlier and driving defensively could help Missouri drivers avoid accidents on the road this season.

Fired anchorman files age discrimination suit

Missouri residents may be interested in the recent lawsuit filed in St. Louis circuit court. Former KMOV TV anchorman Larry Conners alleges that age discrimination was the reason he was fired from the station last spring. Conners was fired May and filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Employment discrimination against expectant mothers is illegal!

The National Women's Law Center recently filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education that offers valuable insights for working mothers-to-be. Although arising in an educational context, the case has many aspects that are closely analogous to employment discrimination disputes. The complaint involves a woman who was attending a Missouri chiropractic school during a difficult pregnancy that terminated with a Caesarean section delivery. Associated medical complications apparently caused her to be unable to attend several class meetings and submit assignments on time.

Doctor errors: determining the proper prevention and action

Medical errors due to negligence are an unfortunate commonality today. There are ways to prevent doctor errors, however, and there are steps that can be taken by Missouri residents in the event that they do occur. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, medical errors are third in line behind cancer and heart disease as the leading cause of death for Americans.

Missouri women still face challenges in federal workforce

According to a recent report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, while there have been improvements, the federal government still tends to favor men, especially regarding the highest paid positions. The report cited areas where workplace discrimination could be reduced, including providing more opportunities to women with children and ensuring that women benefit from the same mentoring that men receive.

Many kids injured on rides every year

Amusement park rides are supposed to be fun and exciting for children, not cause injuries and trauma. Amusement parks, fairs and malls all have rides children love riding on every year. While amusement park injuries may not be discussed very often, they certainly happen more than we think they do.

OSHA offers online complaint submission for whistleblowers

Missouri employees may be interested in a new announcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The federal agency announced on Dec. 5 that whistleblowers will now be able to reach out online to OSHA investigators about potential workplace violations. OSHA says the new system for filing online complaints will provide whistleblowers with another form of communication that preserves their employee rights and protects them from retaliation.

Causes of truck accidents: winter weather in Missouri

Winter weather conditions cause a large volume of accidents annually. Poor roadway infrastructure and weather conditions may be the cause of an accident, creating grounds for a legal case. One recent accident involving a snow plow points to the causes of truck accidents and acts as a warning for Missouri drivers heading into winter weather conditions.

Workplace discrimination based on age

Older workers in Missouri and around the country may be targeted by companies seeking to cut their budgets, according to one attorney experienced in employment law, and this is being reflected in an increasing amount of litigation. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported 24,000 age discrimination claims for 2012. Age by itself is not a legal justification for businesses looking to rid themselves of senior employees in favor of less expensive hires.

Employers have few rules when referencing former employees

Employees who are released from a job for any reason often hope to be treated fairly by former job supervisors when it comes to references. The fact is, there are few federal or Missouri-specific laws in place that prevent employers from telling the truth about what they know about a former employee, no matter how damaging it may be to the employee's future chances of finding a new job.

Fatal head-on collisions: 2 dead, 1 critically injured

Injuries sustained during head-on collisions are often catastrophic. Auto accident injuries depend on a number of factors, such as speed, whether the person was wearing a seatbelt and the point of impact. Head-on collisions often result in more serious injuries due to the point of impact and depending on the circumstances of the accident. Recently, a car accident in Missouri resulted in the deaths of two young individuals, leaving a third critically injured.

Black Friday sees protestors demanding higher wages

Kansas City residents may have heard that protests over fair wages are being held across the country at metropolitan Walmart stores in cities like Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Employees and labor unions are firmly requesting the company to provide a wage of at least $25,000 annually and more full-time positions. Protesters have also alleged that the company has violated their employee rights by illegally retaliating against workers involved in the protests.

Hotel ordered to pay $100,000 to Muslim worker

Missouri is home to many hotels in Kansas City, Branson and other tourist destinations, so local hospitality corporations may want to take note of the $100,000 settlement paid out for a religious discrimination lawsuit brought on by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A Muslim woman hired to be a housekeeper at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque was reportedly told that she would not be allowed to work while wearing her religion's required head covering. The EEOC lawsuit claimed that she was fired when she refused to follow that directive.