October 9, 2012

Domestic Violence Concerns in Vogue Magazine

The cover of Vogue Hommes Internationale has recently depicted a picture of model Stephanie Seymour being choked and grabbed from behind by a fellow male model. Critics say have stated the picture sends a bad message to men and women. The 2008 Journal of Emergency Medicine performed a study of murders of women in 11 cities. The study found that 43% of women who were killed by their partners were choked to some extent before […]
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 8, 2012

Teenager with Down syndrome not allowed to board American Airlines flight

The parents of a teenager with Down syndrome claim they were kept off an American Airlines flight because the pilot did not want a disabled child in first class. Robert Vanderhorst, his wife and their 16-year-old son Bede were set to fly on American Airlines from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles. The carrier claims the decision was made for safety reasons, as the boy was agitated and running around the gate area before boarding, […]
August 1, 2012

Geno Auriemma sued for discrimination

In New York, Kelley Hardwick, who is working as an NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit. She claims that she was removed from an assignment at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London because she declined an advance from Geno Auriemma who is the women’s national basketball coach. It is reported in the lawsuit that part of her job duties, she managed security basketball events which includes the Olympics in 2004 and […]
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) […]
August 1, 2012

Detroit Healthcare Center to Pay $35,000 in Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

In Detroit, Michigan, the Whitehall Healthcare Center of Ann Arbor is a skilled nursing and long-term care facility which was sued for religious discrimination. The lawsuit was brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the center will pay $35,000 to settle the suit. The suit alleged that the Health Center refused to accommodate a Jehovah’s Witness employee’s scheduling needs. The employee was employed as a certified nursing assistant and is a practicing Jehovah’s […]
August 1, 2012

Senate Republicans block pay equity bill

Democrats attempted to pass a bill that was designed to ensure that women will not face pay discrimination. The bill was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers. The bill, which Democrats said would close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, would require employers to prove that differences in pay were related to job performance, not gender; would prevent […]