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  • Woman Files Complaint Against Disney Over Right to Wear Hijab

    08/21/2010 1:27:04 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 21,2010 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Muslim woman who works as a hostess at a restaurant in Disneyland has filed a discrimination complaint against the world-renowned California theme park, saying officials at the park violated the law when they told her she could not appear in front of customers while wearing a religious head scarf. Imane Boudlal, 26, of Anaheim, Calif., has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming Disneyland violated her rights when it ordered her either to remove her hijab or agree to work where customers couldn't see her at Storyteller's Café at the resort's Grand Californian Hotel &...
  • Men are the best bosses: Women at the top are just too moody (title truncated)

    Original title: Men are the best bosses: Women at the top are just too moody (and it's women themselves who say so)... They are hormonal, incapable of leaving their personal lives at home and only too happy to talk about their staff behind their backs. Female bosses are a nightmare to work for, a survey of employees concludes. And it is not just men who think so. Two-thirds of women said they preferred a male boss because their straight-talking, ‘get to the point’ attitude makes them easier to deal with. They are also much less likely to have a hidden...
  • Report: alleged Hartford Distributors shooter claimed racial harassment

    08/03/2010 2:54:32 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 42 replies · 23+ views ^ | Aug 3 2010 | Amanda Paulson
    Nine people are dead in a workplace shooting in a Manchester, Ct., beer-distribution warehouse, and an unknown number are wounded. On Tuesday morning, Omar Thornton, a driver for Hartford Distributors, went on a shooting rampage during a morning shift change, and then killed himself, police say. Mr. Thornton, who had worked for the company for a couple of years, had been called in for a disciplinary hearing, according to reports, and was on his way there this morning. It was unclear whether the meeting had taken place before he started shooting. Joanne Hannah, a former neighbor of Thornton whose daughter...
  • Say goodbye to full-time jobs with benefits

    06/01/2010 1:03:01 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 100 replies · 2,843+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 06/01/2010 | CNN Money
    NEW YORK ( -- Jobs may be coming back, but they aren't the same ones workers were used to. Many of the jobs employers are adding are temporary or contract positions, rather than traditional full-time jobs with benefits. With unemployment remaining near 10%, employers have their pick of workers willing to accept less secure positions.
  • Goodbye, Employer-Sponsored Insurance

    05/20/2010 5:50:26 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 51 replies · 1,593+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-21-10 | JOHN C. GOODMAN
    Companies are discovering that it's cheaper to pay fines to the government than to cover workers. Millions of American workers could discover that they no longer have employer-provided health insurance as ObamaCare is phased in. That's because employers are quickly discovering that it may be cheaper to pay fines to the government than to insure workers. AT&T, Caterpillar, John Deere and Verizon have all made internal calculations, according the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to determine how much could be saved by a) dropping their employer-provided insurance, b) paying a fine of $2,000 per employee, and c) leaving their employees...
  • American Eagle Changes Employee Policy to be Trans Friendly (AG Andrew Cumo forces compliance)

    05/14/2010 11:09:33 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 9 replies · 553+ views ^ | May 13, 2010 | By Kay Steiger
    After a battle with New York Attorney General Andrew Cumo, the clothing retail chain American Eagle has changed its policies to be more transgender friendly. According to the NY Daily News, the company is “nixing a rule about employee ‘personal appearance’ that banned men from wearing women’s clothing and ladies from dressing as guys.” The retailer has also agreed to train employees to be sensitive to transgender issues, including using preferred pronouns by transgender individuals. Of course, anti-gay “family values” groups like the Family Research Council are starting to frame this as a policy that victimizes employers. According to a...
  • Big firms find ending health insurance and paying fines may be cheaper.

    05/08/2010 6:51:55 AM PDT · by Til I am the last man standing · 24 replies · 796+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5-8-10 | Victor Godinez
    AT&T paid about $2.4 billion last year to cover medical costs of its 283,000 active workers, according to one document. If the company were to push all those workers onto subsidized exchanges, AT&T estimated, it would only have to pay an annual penalty of $600 million, or $2,000 a worker.
  • Robert Peters: SEC pornography scandal shows harms of obscene material

    04/24/2010 9:06:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies · 567+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | New York City, N.Y., Apr 24, 2010 Robert Peters: SEC pornography scandal shows harms of obscene material Morality in Media president Robert Peters. Related articles: The 2008 Presidential Election and Its Impact on Enforcement of Federal Obscenity LawsThe Harmful Effects of PornographySummary Of Obscenity And Related LawsEnforcement of Obscenity Laws Is Not ‘Censorship’ New York City, N.Y., Apr 24, 2010 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The exposure of workplace pornography use at the Securities and Exchange Commission while the 2008 financial crisis was unfolding shows the harmful consequences of such material, Morality in Media president Robert Peters has said. Calling for open condemnation of the...
  • Men Say They Were Fired For Good Deed : Denver Men Help Mall Security To Catch Shoplifter

    04/23/2010 10:29:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,445+ views
    7News ^ | April 23, 2010 | Marc Stewart
    Two Denver men said their efforts to be good citizens cost them their jobs. Paul Shoemaker and Mike McGee... were fired from the Sprint store inside the Cherry Creek Mall after chasing a suspected shoplifter. The two claim they were walking out of the store when they stumbled upon a security guard in the hall, clearly in need. "(He) came right basically in front of us, and was like, 'Help me, Help me.' Out of breath. You could totally hear he was distraught," said Shoemaker...from the Apple store. "It's the way I was raised as a kid. You see something...
  • EPA headquarters contaminated with lead, likely from Secret Service shooting range

    04/16/2010 9:18:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 449+ views
    daily caller ^ | 4/16/10 | Jonathan Strong
    Days before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizes strict new regulations for dealing with toxic lead in residential homes, the agency is quietly cleaning up a dangerous lead contamination at its own headquarters. Dust samples recently taken from EPA’s Ariel Rios headquarters building were in many cases much higher than federal government limits for commercial buildings, documents show.
  • Man Commits Suicide Over Racism Accusation

    04/12/2010 11:45:40 AM PDT · by Charles West · 41 replies · 1,987+ views
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | 4/12/10 | Kevin DeAnna
    Political correctness does not just infect the United States. It affects our entire Western family. An extreme, though revealing story out of New Zealand today. Two friends, a white man and a black man, saw some immigration officers outside their office. The white man jokingly said to his friend, "You'd better hide." A trifle indelicate perhaps, but like most normal people, the black guy didn't care and interpreted this as a joke. Both men probably thought nothing of it. However, one of those insufferable busybodies that constantly feel the need to police our words and thoughts reported this deeply serious...
  • White House: The Economics of Workplace Flexibility

    03/31/2010 2:20:42 PM PDT · by Jean S · 13 replies · 572+ views ^ | 3/31/10 | Cecilia Rouse
    As part of the White House Forum for Workplace Flexibility, the CEA released a report today presenting an economic perspective on flexible workplace policies and practices. Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (pdf) highlights changes in American society over the past half century, including the increased number of women entering the labor force, the prevalence of families where all adults work, increasing eldercare responsibilities, and the rising importance of continuing education. These changes are among those that have increased the need for flexibility in the workplace. This increased need can be met with flexibility in terms of when...
  • St. Luke's (Hospital, PA) will no longer hire smokers

    03/29/2010 12:15:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 71 replies · 1,377+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 3/29/2010 | Staff
    St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network today announced it will only hire non-smokers starting May 1. As the region's second largest employer with over 7,000 employees, St Luke's will be the first in our area to implement such a policy, according to a press release. "While some may view this as a bold move," states Bob Zimmel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at St. Luke's, "our organization feels strongly that promoting a healthier workplace benefits everyone."
  • Detroit clamping down on employee scents

    03/14/2010 5:20:55 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 76 replies · 1,473+ views
    upi ^ | March. 14, 2010
    DETROIT, - City officials in Detroit say workers at three city buildings will soon have to monitor their scents or face possible warnings. The Detroit News said Sunday that placards will be put up in the three Detroit buildings detailing the new guidelines on employees' use of such scented items as cologne or perfume. The notices due at the Cadillac Square Building, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center and First National Building will also ask employees to refrain from using air fresheners and scented candles while on the job. The new regulations are the result of the city's settlement of a...
  • The Secret to Having Happy Employees

    03/14/2010 1:07:02 AM PST · by floridavoter2 · 101 replies · 3,111+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 11, 2010 | Jay Goltz
    About 10 years ago I was having my annual holiday party, and my niece had come with her newly minted M.B.A. boyfriend. As he looked around the room, he noted that my employees seemed happy. I told him that I thought they were. Then, figuring I would take his new degree for a test drive, I asked him how he thought I did that. "I'm sure you treat them well," he replied. "That's half of it," I said. "Do you know what the other half is?"
  • Massa under investigation for allegedly groping male staffers

    03/09/2010 12:22:19 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 80 replies · 444+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 9, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) has been under investigation for allegations that he groped multiple male staffers working in his office, according to three sources familiar with the probe. The allegations surrounding the former lawmaker date back at least a year, and involve "a pattern of behavior and physical harassment," according to one source. The new claims of alleged groping contradict statements by Massa, who resigned his office on Monday after it became public that he was the subject of a House ethics committee investigation for possible harassment. Massa had said that the allegations were limited to his use of...
  • Virginia attorney general to colleges: End gay protections

    03/06/2010 9:06:02 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 54 replies · 1,655+ views ^ | March 6, 2010 | By Rosalind S. Helderman
    RICHMOND -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has urged the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, arguing in a letter sent to each school that their boards of visitors had no legal authority to adopt such statements. In his most aggressive initiative on conservative social issues since taking office in January, Cuccinelli (R) wrote in the letter sent Thursday that only the General Assembly can extend legal protections to gay state employees, students and others -- a move the legislature has repeatedly declined to take as recently as...
  • More Males Filing Sexual Harassment in Workplace Claims

    03/05/2010 8:39:23 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 76 replies · 1,725+ views
    Insurance Journal ^ | March 5, 2010 | Sam Hananel
    More Males Filing Sexual Harassment in Workplace Claims By Sam Hananel March 5, 2010 John Pilkington's boss wouldn't take no for an answer.During more than two years as a food runner at an upscale steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona, Pilkington says his male supervisor groped, fondled and otherwise sexually harassed him more than a dozen times."It was very embarrassing,'' Pilkington said. "I felt like I had to do something because the situation was just so bad.'' Now Pilkington, a married father of two, is the star witness in a U.S. federal lawsuit against Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and one...
  • Eric Massa (D-NY) to Resign

    03/05/2010 12:38:10 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 119 replies · 5,249+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/4/2010 | Mike Riggs
    New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa will resign from the House on Monday, according Massa chief of staff Joe Racalto. While it’s the latest in a string of bad PR the Democrats have taken this week, Massa’s exit will actually help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her quest to pass health care. Massa announced earlier in the week that he would retire due to health issues. Shortly after his announcement, allegations of sexual harassment surfaced in the press. Few congressional elections draw the kind of national attention that Erica Massa’s did in 2006. Even fewer draw an equal amount of...
  • Rep. Massa to retire amid allegations he sexual harassed male staffer

    03/04/2010 3:10:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies · 442+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 3, 2010 | NEWSCORE
    First-term congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) announced his intention not to seek re-election amid allegations that he sexually harassed a male staffer, Politico reported Wednesday. Politico cited several House aides, both Republican and Democrat for the allegations. Massa had cited his battle with cancer as the reason for his decision not to run for re-election. Asked by Politico about the accusations of sexual harassment, Massa said: “"When someone makes a decision to leave Congress, everybody says everything. I have health issues. I'll talk about it [later].”
  • Eric Massa to retire amid allegations he sexually harassed a male staffer

    03/03/2010 11:43:32 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 179 replies · 7,566+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/3/10
    Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) will not seek re-election after only one term in office. According to several House aides – on both sides of the aisle – the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that Massa, who is married with two children, sexually harassed a male staffer. Massa and his office did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but his office has scheduled a press conference for later this afternoon. Massa, a 20-year Navy veteran, was elected to office last November. He serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.
  • Supreme Court To Consider Another Case On Racial Bias In Hiring [Only "Well Qualified" Hired]

    02/20/2010 5:14:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 925+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 20, 2010 | David G. Savage
    Supreme Court To Consider Another Case On Racial Bias In Hiring Chicago firefighters say they were illegally discriminated against through test scores. A lawyer calls it the flip side to last year's case involving white firefighters in New Haven, Conn. By David G. Savage February 20, 2010 Reporting from Washington - The controversy over racial bias, testing and firefighters that blew up at both the Supreme Court and the Senate last year returns Monday, this time as the justices decide whether blacks who were not hired in Chicago because of their test scores are due damages for years of lost...
  • Man fired for bringing dog to work [at PetSmart]

    01/21/2010 11:40:49 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 59 replies · 2,317+ views
    msnbc ^ | 1/21 | Courtney Rubin
    "We love to see healthy, happy pets" is PetSmart's motto — but apparently the policy doesn't apply to pets belonging to employees. Eric Favetta, a 31-year-old PetSmart employee, was fired for "theft of services" after bringing his dog to work during an overnight shift he'd picked up as a favor to his manager, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. (The Secaucus, N.J., store added an overnight shift in order to prep the store for a visit by officials from Martha Stewart's company, who wanted to discuss selling products at PetSmart.) Favetta — a former military dog handler who'd worked at PetSmart...
  • Chattanooga Hospital Ends Hiring Of Tobacco Users

    01/18/2010 2:25:09 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 68 replies · 1,836+ views
    Nashville Channel 5 ^ | 01/18/2010 | Nashville News Ch. 5
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Officials at a Chattanooga hospital decided to stop hiring tobacco users. Memorial Hospital Vice President Brad Pope told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the decision is an extension of the hospital's commitment to health and is not based on potential health care cost savings. Any form of nicotine will make an applicant ineligible to be hired - even nicotine gum or a patch.
  • Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair.

    01/14/2010 1:10:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 52 replies · 2,618+ views ^ | January 6, 2010 | Gretchen Rubin
    Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair. Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Seven – maybe – tips for avoiding an office affair. A friend told me that when she started her job at a big company a few years ago, a family friend, who also worked there, pulled her aside to give her some advice. Many people in their workplace had affairs, he said, and he’d seen lots of marriages break up. He’d kept his own marriage strong by following five rules about the workplace, and he urged her to keep the same rules: 1....
  • Walmart Greeter Punched By Customer Gets Fired

    01/08/2010 11:47:12 PM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 65 replies · 3,575+ views
    WESH-TV ^ | 1/8/2010 | Staff
    Greeter Terminated For 'Gross Misconduct' PALM BAY, Fla. -- A Walmart greeter who was shown on video getting punched by a customer has been fired. Ed Bauman, 69, said the act of defending himself cost him his job. Bauman went into Walmart hoping to get back to work for the first time since police said he was punched by a customer. Instead, Bauman said he was fired. His termination notice called the incident an act of "gross misconduct" and accused Bauman of fighting with a customer. "They told me I did a good job of defending myself," said Bauman. "Then...
  • St. Louis Police Respond to Workplace Shooting, Gunman on Loose

    01/07/2010 5:37:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 2,357+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 7, 2010
    <p>The announcement is all Fox is showing at the present time.</p> <p>Unfortunately, leads of this type almost always indicate impending bad news.</p>
  • Idaho Pharmacist Who Wrestled Down And Captured An Armed Robber Was Fired

    12/31/2009 7:05:03 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 16 replies · 765+ views
    An Idaho pharmacist who wrestled down an armed robber was fired. A pharmacist who fought off an armed robber in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho was awarded a special award from the city. But his award from his employer was termination because he fought and captured the robber. He chased an armed gunman who stole prescription medications, and was able to tackle him outside the store. He confronted the man who informed him he had a gun and started reaching for his pocket. But, the former college wrestler tackled him. As often happens, the robber accidentally dropped his gun....
  • (IN)Pizza Hut employee shoots would-be robber

    12/28/2009 12:04:43 PM PST · by greatdefender · 20 replies · 1,430+ views
    Herald Bulletin ^ | December 24, 2009 | Christina M. Wright
    ANDERSON – A Pizza Hut delivery person shot a man who allegedly tried to rob the store Wednesday, according to police. A police report said Spencer Simmons, 44, attempted to rob the Pizza Hut on Broadway Street at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. The report said Simmons pointed a .25 Raven Arms semi-automatic handgun at the store’s cashier and demanded money. The cashier loaded about $720 into a small bag. Simmons wasn’t aware that a delivery man, Michael Shaker, had heard the commotion and snuck to the back as well, the report said. “Seconds later, Simmons left the register area, and...
  • Santa Busted Again For Use of Illegal Workers

    12/24/2009 10:13:47 AM PST · by catnipman · 8 replies · 434+ views
    The Santa Times ^ | 12/24/09 | AP Staff Writers
    ***NEWS FLASH *** North Pole (AP) - 12/24/09 - In a surprise move today, the Justice Department handed down indictments against Santa Claus (AKA Kris Kringle, Per Noel, Saint Nick) for allegedly employing undocumented guest workers at his North Pole toy factory.  Originally alerted by an anonymous tipster known only as “The Grinch”, the Justice Department alleges that Claus operates a large toy manufacturing “sweat shop”, solely utilizing an illegal labor force. According to the government’s press release, this is “the largest such operation ever detected”. Off the record, one official said, "This operation is completely unprecedented in size,...
  • High lead levels in office for lead prevention

    12/24/2009 7:31:38 AM PST · by grundle · 4 replies · 366+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 20, 2009 | Don Hopey
    Extremely high, potentially unhealthy levels of lead dust have been found in the Allegheny County Health Department's dilapidated office building in Lawrenceville that houses the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. The highest test reading of 337,000 micrograms per square foot was taken in August... Results of tests done Dec. 2 and 3 in Building One found lead dust levels of 32,800 micrograms per square foot on a windowsill in Room 305 and 10,900 micrograms per square foot on a windowsill in Room 309 -- both food safety division offices. The tests found 8,400 micrograms per square foot on a windowsill...
  • Christian Teacher Lost Her Job After Being Told Praying For Sick Girl 'Was Bullying' [UK:Terminal]

    Christian Teacher Lost Her Job After Being Told Praying For Sick Girl 'Was Bullying' By JONATHAN PETRE 20th December 2009 Distraught: Olive Jones said her dismissal 'was like a bad dream that had come true' [Pic in URL] A devout Christian teacher has lost her job after discussing her faith with a mother and her sick child and offering to pray for them. Olive Jones, a 54-year-old mother of two, who taught maths to children too ill to attend school, was dismissed following a complaint from the girl’s mother. She was visiting the home of the child when she spoke...
  • Idaho pharmacist who tackled armed robber fired

    12/19/2009 5:23:56 PM PST · by george76 · 84 replies · 2,329+ views
    AP ^ | December 19, 2009
    A northern Idaho pharmacist who tackled a gun-toting robber and received a special award from the city of Coeur d'Alene has been fired for violating company policy. Jerry Gunderson says he was dismissed from the Shopko pharmacy ... A Shopko spokeswoman at the company's corporate office in Green Bay, Wis., declined to comment. Police arrested the man and Gunderson later received a Citizen Appreciation Award from city leaders.
  • Catholic reporter fired over comment on same-sex 'marriage' campaign

    12/16/2009 5:41:35 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies · 909+ views
    CNA ^ | 12/15/2009
    A localized media frenzy has ensued after a Catholic reporter was let go from his 19-year position at a Maine newspaper for voicing his opinion against same-sex “marriage” and the campaign to legalize it in Maine. According to an article by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Larry Grard, a former employee of the Morning Sentinel, was sent a mass email from the pro-gay rights organization, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), following the repeal of the same-sex “marriage” law in Maine during the mid-term elections on Nov. 4. In the email, Trevor Thomas, spokesman for the HRC, voiced his disappointment with the...
  • Trans teen sues McDonald's for discrimination (BARF ALERT)

    12/08/2009 6:48:19 PM PST · by Illinois is a Red State · 31 replies · 2,122+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 7th, 2009 |
    Zikerria Bellamy, 17, said two managers at an Orlando restaurant wouldn't give her an interview on two separate occasions in July. ... A spokeswoman for the local restaurant, Allison Garrett, said in a statement the employee who left the voice mail "acted outside the scope of his authority and was not responsible for hiring." He no longer works at the restaurant. ... Bellamy is a male who has been living as a female for about the past six years. She said she completed a job application online, then was called to the store for an interview. When one manager refused...
  • Too American?

    12/08/2009 12:02:11 PM PST · by giant sable · 50 replies · 1,492+ views
    Pajamas Media/Edgelings ^ | December 08, 2009 | Scott Budman
    Is it wrong for an American to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas? Sounds like a crazy question, but it’s actually at the center of a lawsuit that’s on its way to court. Promila Awasthi is a US citizen, originally from India. She lives in Silicon Valley, and worked for software giant Infosys at its Fremont, Calif. office in 2008. When she was there, she claims, she was routinely teased by two of her supervisors for celebrating American holidays. “Why, as an Indian, should you be celebrating Thanksgiving?” she says she was asked. “You should not be doing that,” she was told.
  • Maine reporter fired for private email supporting traditional marriage.

    12/07/2009 3:03:08 PM PST · by Fido969 · 76 replies · 3,143+ views ^ | 12/07/2009 | Al Diamon
    Grard was fired by Bill Thompson, editor of the Sentinel and its sister paper the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, shortly after the Nov. 3 election in which Maine voters repealed a same-sex marriage law approved by the Legislature. Grard said he arrived at work the morning after the vote to find an e-mailed press release from the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., that blamed the outcome of the balloting on hatred of gays. Grard, who said he’d gotten no sleep the night before, used his own e-mail to send a response. “They said the Yes-on-1 people were haters. I’m...
  • Customers, readers defend Cody the store dog

    12/05/2009 10:07:38 AM PST · by Daffynition · 34 replies · 880+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | December 5, 2009 | Dominick Tao
    CLEARWATER — If a dog were to accompany a restaurant chef to work, most people would have no problem with a state inspector kicking the dog to the curb. But when the food vendor happens to be a gas station, and its offerings stop at cans of Coke and bags of Doritos, and the dog is a charismatic chocolate Labrador named Cody, the response evolves into a public outcry — against the state. "Thumbs down on the Department of Agriculture. Tackle some real problems. Human customers bring more contamination — not to mention danger — than a well-cared-for pooch," said...
  • Dog banned from Gulf coast store

    12/04/2009 4:02:53 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 851+ views
    miamiherald ^ | 12.04.09
    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A state health inspector says a dog familiar to many regular customers at a Gulf coast gas station will no longer be able to join his owner at work. The Clearwater BP station's owner, Karim Mansour, received a warning from the Florida Department of Health on Thursday, informing him that Cody would have to go or all of the store's food - mostly bottled soda, candy and other snacks - would be declared unfit for consumption.
  • Elderly Walmart Greeter Punched in the Face at PA Store - Video

    12/04/2009 7:19:55 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 41 replies · 2,128+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 4, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video showing a 72 year-old Walmart Greeter being savagely punched in the face by a passerby at a Pennsylvania Walmart. The video also discusses the attack, which was carried out by a man who had been refused "check-cashing" assistance inside the store. As he walked outside the store, the man then punched the elderly greeter, breaking bones in the man's face. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Former Hertz employees sue company over special "prayer breaks" given only to Muslims

    12/04/2009 5:56:44 AM PST · by La Lydia · 34 replies · 1,498+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 4, 2009
    <p>As important as the outcome of this case is the precedent it could set for extending special treatment to Muslim employees to the exclusion of others -- essentially creating a second class of employees: workplace dhimmis. "Hertz sued over Muslim prayers," from (News Service That May Not Be Named)...Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the second-largest U.S. rental car company, was sued by former employees who say its policy of allowing Muslims to take daily prayer breaks discriminates against non-Muslim workers. Katie Barkley and Shirley Harris, who worked as part-time drivers moving Hertz cars from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to other locations, claim Muslim employees were given as many as three paid, 15-minute prayer breaks each shift while non-Muslim employees were denied equal time off, according to the suit filed Nov. 30 in federal court in Atlanta.</p>
  • Black firefighters object to white promotions

    11/18/2009 12:59:34 PM PST · by SmithL · 44 replies · 2,076+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/18/9 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer
    New Haven, Conn. (AP) -- A group of black Connecticut firefighters hopes to block promotions for white firefighters who won a discrimination case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The black New Haven firefighters argue in papers filed Monday that they still have a right to challenge the validity of the promotional exam.
  • Log Cabin Republicans say they have GOP sponsors for anti-discrimination bills

    11/16/2009 7:21:03 AM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies · 836+ views ^ | Nov. 16, 2009
    SALT LAKE CITY -- A gay rights group says it is securing Republican support in the Utah state Legislature for anti-discrimination laws. The Deseret News reports members of the Utah Log Cabin Republicans, a gay and lesbian political group, say two bills granting gays extra rights in Utah will have GOP sponsors when they go before the Legislature in the 2010 session. The group is not saying who those sponsors are. One of the measures is similar to an ordinance approved in Salt Lake City that states gay workers can't be fired because of their sexuality. The Deseret News reports...
  • Recession Intensifies GenX Discontent At Work

    11/15/2009 4:55:08 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 47 replies · 2,175+ views
    WSMV Nashville, TN. ^ | 11/15/2009 | WSMV
    CHICAGO -- They're antsy and edgy, tired of waiting for promotion opportunities at work as their elders put off retirement. A good number of them are just waiting for the economy to pick up so they can hop to the next job, find something more fulfilling and get what they think they deserve. Oh, and they want work-life balance, too. Sounds like Gen Y, the so-called "entitlement generation," right? Not necessarily, say people who track the generations. In these hard times, they're also hearing strong rumblings of discontent from Generation X. They're the 32- to 44-year-olds who are wedged between...
  • Fort Hood Jihadist's Coworkers Saw Warning Signs, But Said Nothing for Fear of Seeming Bigoted

    11/08/2009 5:47:40 AM PST · by kellynla · 37 replies · 1,795+ views ^ | 11/8/2009 | staff
    Details here. So this is what it has come to -- this is the fruit of the long-term efforts by groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and others, to stigmatize and demonize everyone who speaks honestly about the threat of jihad and Islamic supremacism. People are afraid to speak up about what they see, when they know it is wrong. And all it cost this week was 13 dead and 38 wounded.
  • What Does Home Depot Have Against 'One Nation Under God'?

    11/07/2009 3:29:05 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 45 replies · 1,236+ views
    Fox Nation ^ | October 26th
    WPTV: Last month, when Trevor Keezer started bringing his Bible to work, Keezer says his manager confronted him about the ["One nation under God, indivisible."] button. "That's when I was told it had to come off, or I would be sent home. So they sent me home for six straight days without pay. And then today they terminated me."
  • Massachusetts Man Says He Was Fired for Telling Colleague Her Gay Marriage Is Wrong

    11/07/2009 11:31:23 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 85 replies · 2,503+ views ^ | November 07, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A manager at a Massachusetts retail store claims he was unjustly fired after he told a colleague he thought her impending marriage to another woman was wrong.
  • Ma. man fired from job over Christian belief in traditional marriage

    11/02/2009 5:17:21 AM PST · by massmike · 77 replies · 3,201+ views ^ | 11/02/2009 | n/a
    A Massachusetts man was fired from a national retail corporation because of his traditional beliefs on same-sex marriage. Peter Vadala was formally dismissed from his job as second deputy manager of the Brookstone store at Boston’s Logan Airport on August 12, 2009, after a supervisor reported him to Human Resources regarding an incident two days earlier.
  • Suicides force French to confront rise in work-related stress

    11/01/2009 10:42:56 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies · 664+ views ^ | November 1, 2009 | Devorah Lauter
    A short workweek and the prospect of early retirement. Job-protection laws that make it almost impossible to get fired. Seven weeks of holidays and vacation time a year. Oh, and paid lunches. A harried American worker might ask: What's not to like? And a dissatisfied French worker might respond: Plenty. A wave of suicides at the country's largest telecommunications firm has unnerved France, long viewed by many outside the country as a cushy haven for employees. Experts say the incidents are the most visible examples of the growing phenomenon of stress-induced illness in the country. Marie Peze opened the first...
  • When Companies Ask for Your Credit Score.....

    10/31/2009 5:34:00 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 56 replies · 2,312+ views
    I have been job-hunting for some time now and applying for jobs online. I applied for one job in particular which is an office job and received the following email in response to my application and resume: "I have reviewed your resume and I am very interested in hiring you. Before I can setup an appointment, I would need your recent credit score. Your credit score is required because the position you applied for includes handling company cash and using a company credit card. Don't worry, if your score is low for a legitimate reason, you will have an opportunity...