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June 2011 Archives

More police on roads this holiday weekend to prevent accidents

A combined stepped-up effort by Metro Police, the Nevada Highway Patrol, North Las Vegas Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Henderson Police Department over the holiday weekend will aim to keep the roads and highways safe and free from drunk and drugged drivers. Police efforts this weekend to get drunk and drugged drivers off the road and prevent car accidents and injuries caused by drunk and drugged drivers this weekend are partly funded by a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety.

Truck collides with train in Nevada

On Friday, a semi-truck crashed into an Amtrak train, killing at least six people and injuring more than 80. The crash happened about 70 miles from Reno, Nevada. Investigators are still going through the remains of two train cars that were destroyed in the fiery crash and may discover more victims in the process. A few people are still unaccounted for, but may have not been on the train at the time of the crash, since train passenger lists aren't as strict as plane passenger lists. One of those killed was the 68-year-old train conductor.

More sex discrimination lawsuits likely to be filed against Wal-Mart

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a giant class-action sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart could not proceed, litigation related to past sex discrimination is not yet over for the world's largest private retailer. The women who filed the lawsuit on behalf of 1.5 million current and former female employees of Wal-Mart say they will keep fighting, on not a smaller-scale, but through a multitude of smaller cases. 

'Jackass' star was intoxicated, speeding at time of fatal car accident

One of the stars on MTV's hit "Jackass" franchise died in a fiery car accident early Monday morning. Ryan Dunn, 34, was killed in the crash. His passenger, a 30-year-old Iraq war veteran, also was killed. Dunn's car left the roadway around 2:30 a.m. and crashed through a guardrail. The car then crashed through woods and into a tree and caught fire. Both Dunn and his passenger died of blunt force trauma from the crash and thermal trauma from the fire. Police say that Dunn was speeding at the time of the crash and believe Dunn's Porsche was going up to 140 mph.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Wal-Mart in sex discrimination case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a giant class-action sex discrimination lawsuit cannot proceed against Wal-Mart. The largest private employer in the U.S. could have been held liable for billions in damages if the lawsuit had been allowed to proceed and the plaintiffs had won.

Employers need to move beyond basics in sexual harassment training

A jury award last week to a former female employee of Aaron's Inc. who sued the company for sexual harassment was possibly record-breaking and sent a message to employers that they need to do more to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Aaron's Inc. argued that they did everything required of them to prevent sexual harassment through creating anti-harassment policies and training their employees about these policies. They also said they in no way "condoned" the behavior of the former manager, but they were still held liable for the behavior.

DOJ investigates Apple, Google for antitrust issues

Technology-giants Google and Apple are not planning to merge anytime soon. The two companies are longtime and staunch competitors. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal said that the Department of Justice is looking into both companies. This is not because they are planning to merge, however, but because both companies have each recently bid on patents for sale by Nortel Networks Corporation. Antitrust regulators with the Department of Justice are investigating whether a successful bid by either company would put the company in unfair competition with other companies in the technology market.

Poll finds voters support anti-discrimination laws to protect gay and transgender workers

A recent poll found that most Americans likely to vote in the 2012 elections are in favor of anti-discrimination measures to protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace. The Center for American Progress (CAP) recently reported on the April poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. The poll found that 73 percent of likely voters support laws prohibiting discriminatory employment practices against GLBT workers.

Hotels offer panic buttons to employees following recent sexual assaults

The highly publicized recent alleged sexual assault of a maid at the Sofitel hotel by former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has led some hotels to question whether they should take steps to ensure a safer working environment for their employees. Sofitel has decided to begin offering panic buttons to its employees.

eBay and PayPal sue Google over Google Wallet

PayPal and eBay have filed a lawsuit against Google. According to International Business Times, the two companies filed the lawsuit last week claiming breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets in Google's development of its new online business venture, Google Wallet.

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