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Important points about sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that all employers must address immediately. It isn't enough for them to have a reactive policy. They should also have a proactive policy aimed at preventing it from happening in the first place.

For workers who are sexually harassed, dealing with the issue can often seem like an uphill battle that isn't at all pleasant. These individuals should understand that they have specific rights that cannot be violated.

Amazon accused of religious discrimination in federal complaint

Allegedly poor working conditions at Amazon warehouses and distribution centers in California and around the country have been a thorny public relations problem for the online retail giant, and a federal complaint filed on May 8 is likely to lead to yet more bad press for the company. The complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission by the nonprofit group Muslim Advocacy on behalf of three unnamed women of Somali descent who work at an Amazon facility in Minnesota.

The complaint alleges that Amazon rewarded white employees with promotions and more attractive assignments while black Muslim workers from Somalia and East Africa were denied these opportunities. The women also allege that they were discouraged from practicing their faith at work and feared reprimand if they even spent a few minutes praying. When workers protested what they saw as unfair working conditions on Dec. 14, Amazon allegedly retaliated by assigning the protestors more demanding and unpleasant tasks to perform. The workers say that they were also issued written warnings following the protest.

Mental preparation is imperative for motorcycle riders

Riding a motorcycle requires physical skill, but it also takes considerable mental preparation. Being distracted by anything, even your own thoughts, can lead to devastating crashes. It is imperative that anyone who is going to ride on a motorcycle takes the time to gather themselves before they start the bike.

One thing that all motorcyclists can do is look at professionals and how they mentally prepare for their rides. Preparing mentally and physically can help you to remain safe.

EEOC complaints about sexual harassment rise 13.6% in 1 year

The effects of the #MeToo movement appear to be motivating more victims to stand up for their workplace rights. Employers in California and across the country have been dealing with rising numbers of complaints about sexual harassment. In fiscal year 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission processed 7,609 complaints about sexual harassment. This represented a 13.6% increase over the previous fiscal year.

Financial settlements jumped in fiscal year 2018 for cases handled by the EEOC. The commission recovered $70 million compared to $47.5 million in fiscal year 2017. Although the agency has been receiving more sexual harassment complaints, their cases do not represent the actual number of victims. The acting EEOC chairwoman said that only about 15% to 20% of workers report their problems with sexual harassment.

Neglect in nursing homes might not always be easy to spot

It is usually easy to spot the signs of physical abuse in nursing homes, but this isn't the only issue that elderly individuals in these facilities face. Some are subjected to neglect, which can be utterly devastating. Often, they are at the mercy of the men and women who are paid to take care of them. When those employees don't handle their duties properly, residents can suffer.

Watching for signs of nursing home neglect requires you to look closely at what is going on. These signs might be subtle, but spotting them early and taking action can help the resident greatly.

Areas of the body likely to be impacted in a motorcycle wreck

Motorcyclists face the risk of injury if they are involved in an accident. They know that they need to wear a helmet to protect the head and that other safety gear can help them to have a safe ride. What many don't realize is that there is no area of the body that isn't at risk when they are on the motorcycle.

Trying to protect the entire body can be a stressful experience. Gathering a good set of safety gear is one of the most important things you can do. This minimizes the risk of injury. Since some body parts are more likely to be injured, they should be your priority.

A new bill may help stop age discrimination

Seniors throughout California and the rest of America are working more into their golden years than in the past. Many are delaying Social Security benefits to achieve higher monthly checks than they would at 62 or 65. According to some statistics, seniors are the largest growing segment of workers. But as they work longer into their lives, seniors are also the victims of age discrimination.

When many think of employment discrimination, claims based on race, religion, gender and sexual preference often come to the forefront. However, age discrimination is just as prominent in many industries. According to a survey performed last year, nearly two-thirds of respondents older than 45 believed that they had been victims of age discrimination in the workplace or witnessed it happening others.

Rights of pregnant or breastfeeding women in the workplace

Gender discrimination means that a person is being treated differently based on whether they are male, female or any other gender. For some women, another form of discrimination is also possible – pregnancy discrimination. This can occur at any point in the hiring, employment or termination phase.

Woman have ample protections that should prevent this, but there are times when they are subjected to unacceptable treatment. Taking swift action can help put a stop to it. Sometimes, legal action is required. Any woman who is currently expecting a baby, those who plan on having a baby and anyone who is breastfeeding a newborn should know their rights.

Know the signs of financial abuse and stop it, fast

The financial abuse of the elderly is a situation that shouldn't take place but does. Even in nursing homes, where medical providers are held to strict ethical standards, financial abuse can still happen.

Some of the people who are most likely to take advantage of and elder include:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physical or occupational therapists
  • Nursing aides

Distracted driving is hard to get past

Distracted driving is a habit that many people in California and elsewhere may engage in. Despite the dangers of doing so, employers may still demand that employees be connected at all times, which may make it hard to put down the phone. This was one of the takeaways from the 2019 Travelers Risk Index. The survey asked roughly 2,000 people to share their thoughts about distracted driving. Among those who took part, 44 percent said that texting or emailing was a common cause of distracted driving.

Other common causes of distracted driving included taking pictures, using social media or shopping. Although these activities can be dangerous, 11 percent of the respondents said that it would be difficult to not text or shop online while driving. Furthermore, 19 percent said that they would engage in such behaviors regardless of the legality of doing so.

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