October 9, 2012

UBS whistleblower nets $104 million reward

A former UBS banker, Bradley Birkenfeld, who provided information on UBS’ vast business of helping wealthy Americans hide their assets from the Internal Revenue Service has received a $104 million whistleblower reward. Birkenfeld was instrumental in assisting the US government in gathering information. In 2009, the US government and UBS settled the matter and the bank agreed to pay $780 million in penalties and turn over the account information of thousands of US clients. The […]
October 9, 2012

Queens housekeeper says his Manhattan boss wanted his back rubbed — not his pots scrubbed

Bilguudei Ganhuyag, a 24-year-old Queens man, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against his employer, John Landrum Bryant. Bryant is a multi-millionaire who crafts alligator skin tables and brass peacock doorknobs. Bryant lives in a $7 million duplex with his philanthropist wife, Patricia Bauman, a real estate heiress. Ganhuyag claims the Bryant was more interested in his backrubbing skills than his skills as a housekeeper. Ganhuyag is seeking $6 million in damages for the harassment […]
September 24, 2012

Mercy Hospice Sued By EEOC for Disability Bias

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Trinity Home Health System member Mercy Hospice because of their refusal to provide a reasonable accommodation to a disabled nurse, Patricia Barriger. The Mercy Hospice later fired Barriger. Barriger tried to return to work from a medical leave of absence. Instead of providing her with a reasonable accommodation, the company discharged her because, according to the company, she was an inactive employee who was […]
August 1, 2012

Federal law banning same-sex marriage taken down by federal court

A recent federal court case is legalizing marriage between two males or two females in seven states and the District of Columbia. At issue in the court was whether federal benefits could be denied in marriages legal under state law for which it was determined that they could not be denied benefits and the appeal of this decision maybe up to the Supreme Court to decide. In federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) […]
July 16, 2012

Time magazine breast-feeding cover provokes strong reaction

A Time magazine cover has provoked a strong reaction across the country.  The cover features Los Angeles mother Jamie Lynne Grumet breast-feeding her strapping, almost 4-year-old son.  Time Magazine editors said they ran the provocative cover photo and story to mark the 20th anniversary of the Dr. Bill Sears book on the subject.  Sears and other advocates of attachment parenting testify to its many physiological and psychological benefits, though Time’s reporter on the story says […]
July 11, 2012

Obama supports same-sex marriage

President Barack Obama made a statement recently that he supports same-sex marriage.  This brings to light an issue of which American voters are evenly split. In an interview with ABC News Obama states, “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”  Even though Obama once opposed such marriages, he now shows […]
July 11, 2012

Rosa Parks Statue at National Cathedral

At the Washington National Cathedral, a carving of civil rights figure Rosa Parks is going to be displayed in a section of the church which is dedicated to human rights.  The Episcopal cathedral will show the new sculpture after a ceremony of evening prayer songs.  Other noted figured in that section of the church include former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Rosa Parks refused to give up herbus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama […]