What Does Workplace Discrimination Look Like?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Workplace Discrimination | 0 comments

Workplace discrimination is an unfortunate and common problem throughout America. Too often, those in power (or even those at the bottom of the totem pole) judge people and use those prejudices against their colleagues and employees in the office, the store, or other work location.

We can all read over the above statement and agree, but the problem is, many of us don’t actually know what workplace discrimination looks like, so we don’t know what to do when we see it.

We would probably all know very overt discrimination if we saw it. If someone was clearly denied access to a business lunch because of some quality he or she possessed, we’d know that was discrimination. If our boss refused to hire someone for a particular quality he or she possessed, we’d know that was discrimination. Unfortunately, those who discriminate are rarely so upfront about it. The best thing we can do is educate ourselves on who can be discriminated against and what that discrimination can look like so we can be better prepared to call it out (or take more serious steps) when we see it.

Who can be discriminated against? According to The Melton Law Firm, discrimination can be based on age, race, national origin, gender, and disability.

 

So, if someone in the office shows a clear unwillingness to work with older members of the company, that would be discrimination. Equally, if someone constantly disparaged women, that would be discrimination. If an office refused to make accommodations for a person with a disability who was qualified for the job, that would be discrimination.

These issues often trickle down into crucial business decisions. There could be a conscious effort not to hire those who were not born in America, for instance, regardless of citizenship status. Or, women may find themselves constantly passed up for promotions despite being the most qualified candidates. Pay may be disproportionately given out. An employer may hold a firmer line on some employee benefits with some employees and not with others.

All of these are clear examples of discrimination.

Unfortunately, much discrimination falls through the cracks and is not so overt. There can be a general sense of discrimination in a workplace culture without there being obvious actions that can be picked out. Awkward silences when those who represent a particular group walk into the room, an unwillingness to make certain people comfortable at work, a general hostility towards one group or another communicated through allusions and subtle jokes.

These actions can make a workplace toxic for individuals and whole groups without ever quite reaching the level that a lawsuit could address.

More needs to be done to avoid obvious acts of discrimination, as well as the subtle, inhospitable acts as well.

Everyone has the right to go to work and be treated fairly. We all must do more to make that a reality for everyone.

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Hypnotism deserves a better reputation

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Hypnosis | 0 comments

Hypnotism has an interesting history. For a long time, it has bounced between being an accepted form of real medicine and a kind of hocus-pocus. Even today, with the practice widely used, many people don’t believe in the effects of hypnotism. For many people, there is no difference between the magicians who pretend to put people into hypnotic trances in an instant and professionals who use hypnosis for real medical purposes.

It’s important for us to try to fight the blurring of this line because hypnosis has so many positives and so few negatives.

For instance, consider the opioid epidemic. For many people, when they go in for surgery, they have an anesthesiologist in there with them, pumping them full of opioids. They continue on a course of opioids after the surgery until the pain is gone. Or, unfortunately, they continue to seek out opioids long after the pain vanishes because they are already addicted to these powerful drugs.

Hypnosis can play a part in lowering the amount of opioids people need during and after surgery. Hypnosis can actually trick the body into not recognizing the pain signals from the nervous system. Even if a person is already addicted to these opioids, hypnotism can help them fight and defeat the addictive urge.

Imagine how many fewer addicts the country would have if more people knew that hypnosis had this sort of real power. This isn’t fairy tale information; this is hard tested medical fact.

And that is only the beginning of what hypnosis can do. Professional hypnotists can help people lose weight. They can help people with anxiety and other psychological issues. They can help people overcome traumas of all sorts.

Again, this is only scratching the surface. Are you a smoker who wants to quit? Look into hypnosis. Do you walk, talk, or snore in your sleep? Look into hypnosis. Are you experiencing issues like impotence or sexual anxiety? Once again, please look into hypnosis.

Hypnosis has a vast array of abilities because it is all about accessing what is going on in the mind. This of it like a brain hack. Once the hypnotist has hacked your system, all sorts of potential can be unleashed. You can overcome issues you’ve had for your whole life, and all it takes is hacking the code and making a small change in there.

All of that power, and there is absolutely no downside. Hypnotism only works on those who are willing to do it. The idea that hypnotists can make people do things they don’t want is fiction. Hypnotism simply allows people to reach levels they were unable to reach other own.

And with that, there is no physical or mental downside. There is no risk of addiction. There’s no chance of withdrawal. There are no physical injuries and no psychological traumas. Hypnotism can make your life better with zero negative side effects.

If only more people were aware of this potential and not so dismissive of the practice. We’d have far fewer problems in the world.

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Caring For Your Personal Injury

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Personal injuries are more common than you think. With malfunctioning equipment, safety regulations, natural disasters, and more, injuries can happen at any time. When there is an injury on someone’s privately owned property, there is always legal action that can be taken. Injuries can be career-ending, and more often than not, these injuries can inhibit you from providing for yourself, your family, and maintaining your standard of living, so getting legal help can assist you in staying afloat.

In Chicago in 2015, during a storm, certain parts of the infrastructure collapsed, seriously injuring Tierney Darden, a dancer in the O’Hare International Airport. The bus shelter she was under during this storm of 2015, collapsed, and left the passionate dancer paralyzed from the waist down. Knowing they were at fault, the city of Chicago offered Darden a $22 million settlement. However, she declined the offer, taking the case to court.

 The young 26-year-old dancer suffered in pain, medical bills, and the inability to do what she loves most, dancing. Insulted by the $22 million, she asked for $175 million in court. The final verdict awarded Darden with $148 million which is almost seven times as much as they originally offered her. This $148 million stands as the biggest monetary award given to a personal injury case against the city of Chicago.

Even when the company, or city in this case, offers you a settlement, there are lawyers out there that can get you even more than the settlement. Accepting and declining settlements can be a gamble, so getting a good lawyer who knows when it’s a good idea to take a risk can point you in the right direction on what to do when offered a settlement.

There is more compensation you can get from personal injury cases. Pain and suffering is a vague, subjective term, and with legal help, you can milk that term as much as you can to keep you and your family in a stable financial standing for as long as possible. After an accident, you need to focus on the recovery of yourself or your loved one, and dealing with legal jargon can often feel like a daunting task, so hiring a lawyer can take some of that weight off your shoulders. Defeating those massive corporations, or as Williams Kherkher calls them, “the big guys,” can seem like a David and Goliath tale, but with a strong case and equipped legal team, it is not impossible.

Personal injury cases are not person-to-person. They are person-to-corporation, and there tends to be much more money coming from larger corporations, or even cities. You do not have to handle the legal side of the case on your own, with help from good lawyers you can hopefully get the compensation you deserve to keep your family afloat. Recovery is enough to be thinking about in a time after an accident, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take legal action, it just means you should get proper assistance.

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Is Your Workplace Dangerous? It’s More Likely Than You’d Think.

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Most people like to think that their workplace is a safe place. In reality, the workplace can cause harm or damage to employees, and companies don’t always act in their employees’ best interests. If you’ve been injured at work, going to the doctor immediately can increase your chances of compensation.

When determining if you have a viable work injury case on your hands, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney. Some people believe a work-related injury should be compensated when in reality, the injury was caused by in some way by the injured employee. But if the injury was caused by mismanagement, overly relaxed safety regulations, poorly regulated or faulty equipment, or a dangerous environment, you could be able to earn repayment concerning the injury.

For example, common work-related injury cases involve chemicals in the work environment that damage human health such as asbestos. But cases can also include injuries obtained from work-related outings and events or exposure to hazards in the workplace. Assaults and workplace violence can also occur, as well as OSHA violations, falls, and crime. In fact, according to OSHA, every year there are more than 45000 work-related deaths. OSHA is an organization that attempts to place safety and health standards for workplace environments, so a failure of businesses to abide by these regulations may be to blame for your work-related injury. And the National Center for Biotechnology Information tells us that 30% of chemically-induced burns occurred in the workplace. Chemicals can also incur long term effects on the health and well-being of employees, so it’s especially important to discuss the specifics of your work related injury with an attorney.

For the best chance at winning compensation in a work related injury case, there are several things to avoid. First, if you wait too long to make a claim concerning your injury, your case might become null. Every state has different worker’s compensation laws, which includes a time frame for reporting injuries and making claims. Therefore, make your claim in a timely matter.

Second, if you don’t disclose all of the symptoms and problems arising from the injury, you might miss out on deserved compensation. For example, work related injuries can cause physical harm, mental harm, and monetary and property damages. Be sure to discuss all of the ways the injury has impacted your life.

Lastly, choosing not to have legal representation is often a big mistake that can lead to the loss of compensation. It takes a skilled team of professional attorneys to navigate the ins-and-outs of such cases, as finding loopholes and legal footholds are often difficult for an inexperienced person. It usually doesn’t hurt to consult an attorney to determine whether your case is viable and you might be eligible for compensation. From there, you can decide on the best route of action.

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Damages from Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

When it comes to personal injury damages, there are many types that a victim is entitled to. Depending on the case and situation where injury was made, the precise amount for damage in a personal injury can vary, and it will often be determined by a jury (should it go to court) of settlement can be agreed upon between both parties.

Generally, awards for damages in a personal injury fall into two categories: the compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are usually the most widely-given compensation for personal injury. This compensation aims to make the victim “whole” again as much as possible, seeking to restore the victim physically, mentally, and financially. Compensation pays for both monetary and non-monetary losses.

On the other hand, punitive damages are rarely given on a personal injury case.  Punitive damages are given when the conduct of the defendant (or the one who caused the accident) has been particularly extreme and outrageous. This is to deter the defendant from doing the acts again.

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