Walmart women launch another round of discrimination suits, but will it even matter in the long run?
Last June, the Supreme Court tossed out a class action lawsuit brought by over a million Walmart employees alleging that the company systematically discriminates against women. The Court did not allow the women to try to prove that such discrimination exists, instead holding that the women did not have enough in common with each other to come together in one lawsuit. Yesterday, the women responded to this setback with the first of several cases breaking them down into smaller groups: The lawyers promised an “armada” of other lawsuits in the next six months making discrimination claims in other regions of the country, as opposed to nationwide.
Top mine regulator has turned up heat
After the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster killed 29 miners last year, federal coal-mine regulators launched a new program of safety blitzes, showing up unannounced at mines in Kentucky and other states, seizing telephones so people underground would get no warning, and fanning out in search of hazards. Since April 2010, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has conducted 251 so-called “impact inspections” in coal mines, including 73 in Kentucky and seven in Indiana.
OSHA most frequently cites ASCs for bloodborne pathogen violations
Although more than half of the surgeries in the U.S. are performed in ambulatory care centers, ambulatory surgery center (ASC) resources and safety oversight may lag significantly behind those of their hospital counterparts. In the past four years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has increased medical facility inspections. As a result, agents are citing more ASCs and physician offices for Bloodborne Pathogen Standard violations. In fact, such violations make up the majority of OSHA medical facility citations in recent years.
High fatality rate found for low-cost buses
The low-cost bus industry, which has revolutionized transportation for students and other budget-conscious travelers, has racked up an alarmingly high number of fatal accidents and safety violations over the last few years, and regulators are having a hard time enforcing federal safety standards, according to a government study released on Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board found that so-called curbside bus companies, which pick up riders on sidewalks rather than in terminals, were involved in fatal accidents at seven times the rate of traditional carriers like Greyhound.
Shorter University bans gay employees
A small, private college in Georgia has a new requirement for its employees: that they be straight. Shorter University, a Christian Baptist school located in Rome, Ga., is mandating that its 200 employees sign a “personal lifestyle pledge” declaring that they reject homosexuality, premarital sex and adultery, WSBTV reports.
OSHA’s Michaels targets texting while driving on the job
Noting that millions of workers’ jobs require them to drive, OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels is urging employers to enact policies that prohibit texting – a particularly dangerous part of the distracted driving “epidemic” that accounts for approximately 16 percent of traffic fatalities.
Union: City transit employees discouraged to report assaults on co-workers
Assaults on city transit workers are up this year, and one union alleges New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is drastically understating the problem. The MTA has reported 96 assaults on bus and subway workers through Sunday, an increase of nearly 20 percent from last year. However, the Transport Workers Union claims there were hundreds of unreported assaults on bus operators alone so far this year.
Union gains in bid for Target re-vote
The National Labor Relations Board has found additional evidence that Target illegally threatened to close its store in Valley Stream, L.I., if workers unionized, and is prepared to add to a complaint it filed over the summer that alleged the retailer violated labor laws in the run-up to an election last June.