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Posts made in January, 2015

Employment Discrimination Laws

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Employment | 0 comments

For the year 2013, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 93,727 job discrimination charges with retaliation (38,539 cases), race discrimination (33,068 cases), sex discrimination, including pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment (27,687 cases), and discrimination based on disability (25,957 cases) as the top four cited bases for the charges.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is the federal government’s law enforcement agency on matters concerning workplace discrimination, was formed by the US Congress in 1964 for the purpose of enforcing the mandates of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This Act was passed to specifically illegalize discrimination in all the aspects of employment, which include hiring, promotion, wages, fringe benefits, job training, firing, referral, etc., on the basis of race, national origin, color, sex or religion.

After its passing into law, amendments were made to Title VII to extend the protection it provided to those not directly specified in the original draft. Some of these amendments included the inclusion of “sex-stereotyping” of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals as discriminatory acts (based on sex) and, therefore, illegal; the transgender status and gender identity were, likewise, added in the list of protected classes in 2012.

Aside from enforcing anti-employment discrimination laws, EEOC also has the authority either to intercede and resolve discrimination complaints even before conducting an investigation or to file a discrimination suit against an employer (on behalf of the victim). Most of the laws enforced by EEOC offer compensatory and punitive damages to victims, especially if the discriminatory acts are found to be intentional. The monetary damages are meant to compensate for present and future financial losses, mental anguish and the inconvenience suffered by the victim. Punitive damages, however, are only included in cases wherein reckless indifference or malice is proven to be behind the discriminatory acts.

On its website, the law firm Cary Kane, mentions all the possible bases of discrimination in the workplace, explains the legal options available for the victim of discrimination or harassment, and mentions the necessity of being represented by a knowledgeable and experienced Labor and Employment lawyer due to the complexity of the employment law. Having a dependable lawyer will also keep the victim from worrying about the required documents that need to be prepared and submitted and the filing of the discrimination charge (first with the EEOC prior to an actual lawsuit) within the statutory limit.

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The Worst Consequence of Negligence or Recklessness

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Accidental Death | 0 comments

There have been many instances in the past when major accidents have happened, such as a truck, while transporting hazardous substances, collides with a smaller vehicle, killing its driver, or a stone slab, from a building being demolished, falls on someone, killing that person on the spot.

Acting responsibly, so as not to put others at risk or cause injury to someone, does not need to be commanded through law, but since many individuals continue to act negligently or recklessly, laws need to be made and enforced strictly to keep people from being unmindful of the safety of everyone around them.

These laws may concern traffic rules, the prohibition of the use of devices while driving, manufacturing responsibilities that will ensure product safety, the standard of medical care which patients deserve to have, safety in the workplace, and so forth.

According to the website of the The Benton Law Firm, wrongful death, which is the worst result of negligent or reckless acts, can be caused by a car accident, an accident in the workplace, harmful or defective products, medical malpractice, truck accident, pedestrian accident, or any other type of accident.

Despite the unintentional harm caused on the victim and in spite of having done everything possible in order to avoid causing any harm, there is one presupposed factor of negligence, called strict liability, which will make the law still hold the negligent or reckless person totally liable for the accident and all its consequences.

Funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of companionship as among the major effects of wrongful death, more than enough to cause the family affected much trouble and emotional distress.

Filing a civil lawsuit against the liable party, however, may not be a simple endeavor for the grieving family since this legal move also requires much preparation and time in court which will only make the family members remember their loss. Thus, it would definitely be in the best interest of the affected family to contact any of the Houston personal injury lawyers, who will be able to provide the expert court representation that will enable the surviving members, also called “real parties in interest” to merit the full amount of compensation allowed under the law.

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