Taxpayers foot bill for Hill harassment claims
The number of discrimination and harassment claims on Capitol Hill has doubled in the past five years – and taxpayers have shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle those disputes. A new report out Thursday says 168 claims were made in fiscal 2010 alleging discrimination and harassment – compared to 87 claims reported in fiscal 2006. Fifty-seven of the claims made last year were based on race, while 41 claims involved age, 34 involved gender and 28 involved disabilities, according to the report from the congressional Office of Compliance.
Age discrimination harder to fight amid record unemployment for older workers
A federal judge dismissed an age discrimination case from 18 former employees of the Dallas Morning News in March, repeatedly citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that increased the burden on older workers to prove they’ve been treated unfairly.
Teachers of color, poor communities bear brunt of layoffs in Chicago
Black teachers in Chicago appear to be receiving pink slips at higher rates than white teachers, according to recent analysis by the Chicago Teachers Union.
Complaint prompts Cal/OSHA visit to Atascadero State Hospital
Cal/OSHA is getting involved in figuring out a way to cut down on reports of violence against workers Atascadero State Hospital. A spokesperson for the hospital confirms a patient was arrested last Tuesday, September 20th on three felony charges. The hospital would not elaborate on the victim’s injuries in that case. Then on Sunday, September 25th, five employees were hurt while trying to control a patient. Only some of those workers have returned to work. The patient was not charged.
50 serious safety violations and $917,000 penalty don’t jive with corporate PR about integrity, safety, responsibility
One Middleton, Massachusetts resident thought it was an earthquake. Others said it sounded like a sonic boom. When Mr. Charlie Veradt heard the explosion, he said “I knew right off the bat that it was down the street,” referring to the Bostik Inc. chemical plant owned by the global giant, petrochemical firm TOTAL. Just before 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 13, part of the plant exploded.
Chemical leak sends 8 to hospital
A hazardous-materials team was sent Wednesday to a food-processing center, where an apparent carbon-monoxide leak sent eight people to a hospital, authorities said.
What made people sick? Dust and aerosols at Ground Zero
Why some people who inhaled the airborne contaminants unleashed by the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 became sick for only a short time, why some have become chronically ill, and others terminally ill, may never be known. What is known, however, is that the dust and aerosols released in that disaster contained a potentially treacherous mix of everything that was in those enormous buildings and in those aircraft. What is also known is that, as Paul J. Lioy, professor and vice chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, says succinctly in his book, Dust: The Inside Story of its Role in the September 11th Aftermath, “no research had ever been done on the toxicology of such a mixture as WTC dust.”