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September 2015 Archives

Drunk driving accidents destroy lives

Despite the vast amount of information available regarding the dangers of drinking and driving, some Missouri motorists persist in doing so. After consuming enough alcohol to become inebriated, they get behind the wheels of their cars and risk the lives of everyone they encounter on the roadways. The simple fact is that drunk driving accidents destroy lives.

Tips can affect your minimum wage entitlement

Most people wish they earned a little bit more for the work they do. It can be hard to make ends meet on a basic salary and harder still to put some money aside for emergencies or a much-needed vacation. It is a situation that many workers in Missouri face. However, many of these employees do not realize that a large part of the problem is that they are being underpaid for their work.

Did your employer follow procedure for your dismissal?

In Missouri, countless people lose their jobs every year. There are many reasons this can occur, but sadly not all of these are just. In fact, a huge number of employees are fired for reasons that are not only unfair but also illegal. However, it can seem hard to prove that your employer has acted outside the law, and you may be more focused on finding new employment.

The most common causes of truck accidents

The trucking industry is highly regulated in an ongoing attempt to ensure the safety of all people using on the roadway. Even so, crashes still occur. Indeed, many of the causes of truck accidents are in direct violation of existing laws and regulations. When investigating a truck accident here in Missouri, it stands to reason that the federal Department of Transportation statutes are a good place to begin.

You can file a harassment claim even if you are not the target

Many employees in Missouri have encountered some form of discrimination or harassment at some point during their working lives. It is a sad fact that some people allow their personal feelings to get in the way of their work, to the extent that they create a hostile and unpleasant working environment for the people with whom they have a problem. Sometimes this manifests itself as discriminatory action, singling people out for reasons of race, age, disability, religion or some other characteristic that has no relevance to their job.

Former fire captain wins suit against fire department

Every year in Missouri, workers lose their jobs for no reason at all, or even for extremely unfair or illegal reasons. Whatever the case, it is always a distressing experience. However, if you have been unfairly dismissed, the news may not all be bad, as you might be entitled to compensation.

What leads a doctor to a misdiagnosis?

One source estimates that around 98,000 people die from an incorrect medical diagnosis each year. A medical liability insurance company, MMIC Group, reviewed claims it received between 2010 and 2013. Of the 2,000 claims reviewed, 313 were attributed to misdiagnosis. The question that may be on the minds of Missouri readers is why doctors fail to properly diagnose a patient's condition.

Be prepared to stand up for your rights

Workers throughout Missouri know what it is like to be treated unfairly by their colleagues and employers. While the majority of workplaces throughout the state do not ascribe to such unfair practices, there are still all too many that do, and it is the employees who suffer as a result. Worse still, all too many feel like there is nowhere to turn and no way out as they fear that reporting the issue could cost them their job, leaving them and their family in financial jeopardy.

Can harassment be discriminatory?

No matter where you work, there is a chance that you may not get on well with all of your colleagues or even your employer. Of course, as long as you are hard working and diligent this should not be too much of an issue. After all, if everyone behaves professionally, you can still remain civil to each other even if you do not see eye to eye. Unfortunately, as all too many employees in Missouri discover, not everyone manages to treat people fairly, and some workers are subjected to hostile and even threatening work environments.

Vehicle occupants can be ejected during rollover accidents

It can be disconcerting for Missouri residents to see an accident in which a vehicle has flipped. This is, in part, because in some rollover accidents, the occupants are ejected. Between the wreckage and the injured parties, passersby sometimes get to see more devastation then they ever wanted to see.

Know your rights to overtime pay

In Missouri, there are many employees who pick up extra shifts whenever they can in order to put a little more money in the bank. It can be hard to make ends meet, so having some extra savings for when times are tough can be extremely helpful. However, something many of these workers do not realize is that they may not be being paid all they are entitled to for these extra hours. Many employees are entitled to overtime pay at a rate of 50 percent more than their usual wage.

What can you do about harassment at work?

Throughout Missouri, many employees endure mistreatment at work, in the form of discrimination, abuse or sexual harassment. Yet, they are afraid of losing their jobs if they complain. No one should have to put up with a hostile work environment, but it can be hard to know whom to turn to or how to confront the problem. You may even worry that you will not be able to prove that you are being mistreated or that you will be perceived to be overreacting.