Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The first recorded workplace sexual harassment in the U.S. occurred in 1976; however, it was not until 1991 when a court hearing was conducted by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to probe into a sexual harassment complaint against a Supreme Court nominee. It was only during this time that the American public became fully aware that sexual harassment was a problem that needed to be legally resolved.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which was created in 1964 and charged with enforcing anti-discriminatory acts and laws against abuses in the workplace, declared unlawful all forms of harassment based on an employee’s or an applicant’s gender. Based on EEOC’s definition and as clarified in the website of the Leichter Law Firm, sexual harassment is any act that: requests for sexual favors; makes unwelcome sexual advances; involves physical or verbal sexual insults or remark regarding a person’s sex. While the victim may either be a man or a woman (women are the usual victims, though), so is the harasser (who may be a co-worker, a supervisor, a customer or a client); there are instances, however, when both victim and harasser are of the same sex.

The passing into law of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 was supposed to give victims of sexual harassment the legal hope of redeeming themselves and of being compensated for the pain and suffering that they have been made to experience. This never happened, though, as victims were only allowed to collect (after an EEOC probe that was very hard to win) their lost wages (due to forced leave orders), back pay and a notice of reinstatement to work – a little amount of cash plus the chance to continue in their already intolerable work. Many, however, did go back to work, but only to be harassed again and made to feel that they should rather better resign).

With the awareness that the anti-sexual harassment law and the remedy given to victims needed to be strengthened, the US Congress made improvements in the Civil Rights Act in 1991. Among the amendments was the inclusion of the legal right of the victim to receive compensatory damages (not just back pay), which included present and future financial losses due to mental anguish, suffering, emotional pain, inconvenience, and other forms of non-financial losses.

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Families of Workers Who have been Exposed to Asbestos are also in Danger of Developing Mesothelioma

Thirty years after she came in contact with asbestos, this now 36-year old woman from St. Paul, Minnesota is found to be with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer with no known cure.

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral that was very widely used during late 19th and early 20th centuries. Workers who were regularly exposed to asbestos then included asbestos miners, and those who worked in manufacturing plants, power plants, construction sites, chemical plants, mills, railroads and shipyards, where thousands of enlisted personnel, especially from the US Navy were assigned.

Asbestos’ elasticity and resistance from heat rendered it a perfect fire retardant component in the production of thousands of different commercial and household products. Although perfectly useful, this mineral was discovered to release sharp fiber dusts which mixes easily with air, water and the food we eat. Once inside the body, these dusts accumulate in the lungs, scarring and damaging these over a period of time.

The surprising thing about the 36-year old woman diagnosed with mesothelioma was how she came in contact with asbestos. What she could remember was, when still aged six, she would always hug her father, a demolition worker, as soon as he arrived from work. Afterwards, she would put on and play with his dust and dirt-covered coat and shoes.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of malignant cancer that develops in the mesothelium, a lining that protects the internal organs, like the lungs, the heart, and the abdomen. One of the worst things about this malignant cancer that causes extreme pain is that it takes about 20 to 40 years to develop.

The owners and managers of the firms where mesothelioma victims previously worked knew about the dangers which exposure to asbesto would result to. Despite this, they chose to expose their workers to the deadly effects of asbestos for profit. Though many of these firms have already ceased operations, the government made sure that these were able to set up a Mesothelioma Compensation Trust Funds for the purpose of compensating workers whose lives and whose quality of living have been ruined.

According to the Williams Kherkher law firm, many more Americans may be at risk of developing mesothelioma due to the wide use of asbestos for a very long time. Though the effects of this cancer is irreversible, diagnosing the illness early on may help prolong the life span of the affected victim. Individuals who know or who think they have been exposed to asbestos (even during the early years of their lives) should never have second thoughts about approaching a doctor to have their medical condition checked.

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Truck Driver Error, the Cause of Majority of Large Truck Accidents

Contrary to the results of a number of surveys which say that accidents involving passenger cars and trucks are more blamable on car drivers, a study conducted by the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rather says that trucking accidents are more due to errors committed by drivers of large trucks.

These errors are usually results of many different factors which directly affect a truck driver’s capability to react properly and on time to danger. The top three factors that the FMCSA has identified include driver fatigue, driving too fast for road conditions, and impairment due to intoxication from prescription and/or over-the-counter-drugs; other causes of these errors are speeding, unfamiliarity with the road or vehicle, driving distractions and inattention, improper attachment of trailer, failure to check blind spots, depowering of the front brakes (this is what truck operators commonly do in order to minimize wear and tear on tires and breaks and so save on operating costs), and failure to make sure that the brakes are in good working condition.

It is of utmost importance that truck drivers and trucking companies exercise the strictest caution and control in the operation of large trucks. Due to the enormous size of a commercial truck, it is deemed as a significant hazard on the road, considering the major damages to properties and the severe injuries it can cause if ever an accident occurs. Regrettably, some truck operators and/or drivers fail to act responsibly and carefully, a failure that often ends up in tragic road mishaps.

Once on the road, truck drivers can practically do whatever they want, like drive continuously despite feeling fatigued, just to be able to cover as many road miles as possible, or drive over the speed limit or too fast for certain road conditions. Because of these, as well as the fact that driving a truck is just much more challenging than driving any passenger vehicle, both the federal and local authorities make sure that a driver, before being granted a commercial driver’s license, has been given the necessary training in the safe operation of large trucks, has passed the required tests, and is totally aware of how dangerous trucks can be on roads and highways.

According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, a non-profit research organization, there were at least 3,500 fatal large truck accidents in 2013. About 570 truck drivers lost their lives in these accidents; all other fatalities were passengers of smaller vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

While it may be tempting to say that many of those who survive large truck accidents are lucky, any personal injury lawyer may say otherwise due to the different types of serious injuries that victims may sustain which, according to a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer, can include brain damage, injuries to the neck and spine, broken bones, severe cuts and bleeding or organ damage.

A serious injury will always necessitate fast medical attention and maybe long-term recovery care too. The high cost of medical treatment, worsened by the loss of wages due to days or weeks of absence from work, can very well lead to financial problems.

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Defective Airbags: A Cause of Great Risk to Car Occupants

A car airbag, otherwise identified as Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 (FMVSS 208), is a vehicle safety device that is designed for a dual purpose: provide protective cushion and lengthen the time of impact between a car driver (and passenger) and a car’s interior components, such as the steering wheel, dash board and the windows – in order to lessen the possibility of serious crash injuries.

General Motors was the first car manufacturer to introduce the use of frontal air bags, offering this “Occupant Crash Protection” device as optional equipment in at least 10,000 of its vehicles from 1974 to 1976. Lack of consumer interest, however, made General Motors terminate this program, which majority of car manufacturers in the US resisted anyway. Thus, rather than equip their vehicles with a device which the government considered as life-saving, these manufacturers designed their cars with a fancy trim and striking upholstery instead since customers obviously preferred these more. Even when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandated in July 1984 that all passenger cars manufactured after April 1, 1989, should be equipped with an automatic occupant protection (an air bag or an automatic seat belt), some manufacturers continued to invest on improving their car’s look, allotting for crash protection devices a budget which could afford nothing more than an airbag with a cheap and unsafe design.

Despite the “unintentional” fatalities and severe injuries that deploying frontal airbags inflicted on adults (with small stature) and children during low speed or minor crashes, the NHTSA was convinced that the said occupant protection device was more beneficial than harmful, especially during potentially fatal crashes. To make sure, therefore, that this protection which an airbag can provide during crashes would benefit all motorists, the 1991 US Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, a law that mandates the installation of a driver (frontal) air bag, a passenger air bag, and manual lap-shoulder belts in all passenger cars and light trucks manufactured after September 1, 1997, and September 1, 1998, respectively.

Now, while it may be true that airbags save thousands of lives, one cannot simply disregard reports which speak of malfunctioning ones, such as airbags failing to deploy, an airbag suddenly deploying on its own, or one that deploys with such an impact, thus, causing death rather than saving lives.

Very recently, Takata airbags unexpectedly inflating with excessive explosive power and shooting potentially-fatal metal fragments inside the vehicle have been linked to hundreds of injuries and at least five deaths. This particular defect has resulted to 19 million vehicles being recalled in the US (this figure is based on safercar.gov records as against the more than 30 million stated in other sites) and a total of 53 million cars worldwide, including Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, General Motors, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, BMW and Lexus.

As explained by on the website of a personal injury attorney in Milwaukee, the mechanical and electrical systems of an automobile are incredibly complex and there are times when one its parts is either manufactured or installed improperly. A mistake can appear without warning, endangering the safety of a vehicle’s occupants in the process.

The website of Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys also affirms the high risk of injuring-causing accidents that defective auto parts can bring about.

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Bridal Hair and Makeup in Houston

Like most girls, you too may have dreamt about your wedding while you were still little . . . the kind of dress you would be wearing, the place where you will be wedded, how beautiful you would look, and how perfect your husband will be.

Well, of course, you know that, come that day, more than on your husband to be, all eyes will rather be on you, staring at, and staring again, at three very important things: your dress, your hair and your make up.

Some brides want to think of themselves as knowledgeable in makeup application and hair styling, thus, they do most of these things on their own or with the help of a friend or kin. One thing you should know, however, is to never make this mistake.

Your Wedding Day is one of the most important days of your life. But, however you would want to look, with a touch of glamor or simplicity, the best way is to leave it to the experts – people who have been trained in bridal hair and makeup.

On its website, Therapy Salon explains that bridal hair and makeup should not only be beautiful, memorable and flawless, but should also be able to endure the weather, especially if you are planning for a wedding outdoors.

While some salons will leave you at the hands of any of its hair-stylists and makeup artists who, like a general surgeon able to treat a wide range of illnesses, would claim being knowledgeable in all kinds of hair styles or makeup artistry, respectively, well-established and trusted salons have trained and certified experts who handle certain types of hair styles or makeup. This is to make sure that you look your absolute best on this extremely special occasion.

Therefore, rather than have your hair lose its style during the so many hugs and kisses after the ceremony (long before the dancing part) or suffer the embarrassment of your face slipping off because the primer, setting powder, foundation, blush, mascara, and eye shadow used were not budge-proof, why not go to the experts. Your wedding may last only for a few hours, but the pictures which will capture just how beautiful or “not so beautiful” you are will last forever.

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