News Archive


CA Supreme Court Reduces Liability of Employers in Discrimination Suits

Febuary 8, 2013

San Francisco, Calif. - The California Supreme Court has narrowed employers’ liability in employment discrimination suits Thursday, a news report said.

In the decision, if employers can prove that the fired employee would have been terminated anyway for legitimate reasons, the latter cannot collect damages. read more

Pickup Driver Involved in SR 38 Bus Crash Dies; Death Toll Rises to 8

Febuary 7, 2013

Yucaipa, Calif. - The number of fatalities in a tour bus accident on State Routh 38 in San Bernardino County Sunday evening has risen to eight, KTLA reported.

Authorities confirmed that Fred Richardson, 72, of San Bernardino, passed away about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at Loma Linda Hospital. read more

SS Beneficiaries Encounter 4 Changes Issued by SSA this Year

Febuary 6, 2013

At least four prominent changes have been implemented by the Social Security Administration (SSA) this year; these include those related to higher payments, reduced office hours, higher payroll tax, and electronic payments.

Following the cost-of-living adjustment, since January, the agency has started to pay beneficiaries 1.7 percent more compared last year. read more

3 Female Employees Bag $30,000 in Sexual Harassment Suit against Footwear Store

Febuary 5, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. – Three female employees of an athletic footwear and apparel store in Franklin, Tennessee who were subjected to sexual harassment will receive at least $30,000 in compensatory damages following a U.S. District Court Jury decision.

In a trial presided over by Chief District Judge William J. Haynes, Jr., the jury found out a 38-year-old general manager of The Finish Line, Inc. subjected three female employees, aged 16 and 17 then, to sexual harassment. read more

SoCal Police Goes After Super Bowl Drunk Drivers

Febuary 4, 2013

Los Angeles – While Super Bowl fans cheered for their team, Southern California police departments were busy setting up sobriety checkpoints Sunday, KTLA reported.

It was expected that the match between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers would engage some fans into drinking alcohol while watching the game. read more

Hawaiian Tour Coordinator to Receive 77K in Settlement of Disability Harassment Suit

Febuary 1, 2013

Honolulu, Hawaii – A tour coordinator from Maui will receive a total of $77,500 in settlement pay after his disability discrimination, harassment, and retaliation charges against his former company was resolved, reports said.

Kintetsu International Express, a worldwide corporate travel, reportedly has agreed to settle discrimination and retaliation suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in behalf of Yuko Lesher. read more

Pickup Truck Slams through Pasadena Home

January 31, 2013

Los Angeles County – A pickup truck heading westbound of Washington Blvd. slammed into a Pasadena family’s house Wednesday night, reports said.

Authorities say that the incident happened around 11 p.m. near Washington Blvd. and Summit Ave. read more

Medicare Scam Artists Target Northeast Ohio Seniors

January 30, 2013

Summit County, Ohio – County Office of Consumer Affairs has warned Northeast Ohio residents about a Medicare telephone scam targeting seniors.

According to a report, several seniors have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to be Medicare representatives who are trying to get personal information. read more

SoCal Warehouse Operator to Pay $1 Million in Back Wages to Employees

January 29, 2013

Sacramento – A Southern California warehouse operator that specializes in providing merchandise for big-box stores like Wal-Mart is set to pay more than $1 million in unpaid overtime to its employees as ordered by the state regulators, the Associated Press reported.

Chino-based Quetico LLC failed to provide just wages to its some 865 workers, State Labor Commissioner Julie Su said. read more

Bird Strike Diverts Dallas-bound John Wayne Plane to LAX

January 28, 2013

Orange County – PAt least three birds hit an American Airlines plane out of John Wayne Airport, causing the flight to be diverted to Los Angeles International Airport Saturday morning, reports said.

The American 634 bound for Dallas, Texas took off around 7:30 a.m. when its starboard engine was hit by birds shortly after. read more

N.Y. Lawyer to Sue American Idol for Being Racist against 9 Contestants

January 25, 2013

New York – Popular reality television singing competition ‘American Idol’ may face racial discrimination charge as a New York lawyer has requested permission from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to sue the show and Fox Broadcasting Company on behalf of nine former contestants.

Reports claim that James H. Freeman is trying to sue the reality show for using contestants Corey Clark, Jaered Andrews, Donnie Williams, Terrel and Derrell Brittenum, Thomas Daniels, Akron Watson, Ju’Not Joyner, and Chris Golighty in a racist plot to boost its ratings. read more

Big Rig Crash Closes Down Westbound 210 Freeway

January 24, 2013

Pasadena – The westbound 210 Freeway was closed down to traffic after a big rig crash happened earlier today, reports said.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. close to the 710 and 210 freeway interchange. read more

Connecticut Man Charged with Identity Theft for Using False SS Number

January 23, 2013

Hartford County, Conn. – An East Hartford man who is suspected of using another person’s Social Security number for an employment at a local restaurant is facing identity theft charge, NBC reported.

Glastonbury authorities have arrested one Ezequiel Coronado, 22, on Saturday for stealing another man’s identity. read more

EEOC Sues Law Firm for Firing Employee with Breast Cancer

January 22, 2013

Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed disability discrimination lawsuit against a law firm for refusing to accommodate an employee with disability and subsequently discharging her because of her condition, the agency announced.

In a press statement released by the EEOC, it was said that Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, a law firm holding offices in southeastern part of the country, denied its former support services assistant, Charlesetta Jennings, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2008, with reasonable accommodation. read more

3 Workers Sent to Hospital after Smelling Sewer Gas in La Habra

January 21, 2013

Orange County – hree public-works employees suffered from mild stress after breathing sewer gas while uncovering a manhole in La Habra on Friday morning, reports said.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) inspector said that the incident happened around 9:25 a.m. read more

EEOC Launches Request Service Center in L.A. Office; Strengthens FOIA

January 18, 2013

Los Angeles – Los Angeles residents can now conveniently get information from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as the agency announced Wednesday that it has launched a Request Service Center at its Los Angeles District Office (LADO).

The said center will focus on servicing to people seeking information from the agency in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). read more

Antioch Rear-end Crash Sends Pregnant Woman to Hospital

January 17, 2013

Contra Costa – A rear-end collision in Antioch sent a pregnant woman into a hospital for safety precaution Wednesday morning, the Contra Costa Times reported.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that the accident happened around 10:16 a.m. on the westbound lane of Highway 4 near A Street exit. read more

Long Beach Solo Car Crash Kills Stanton Man

January 16, 2013

Long Beach – A solo vehicle crash at a Long Beach intersection killed one Stanton man Tuesday, reports said.

Authorities reveal that the driver, identified as Trevor Stevens, 27, of Stanton, crashed his vehicle into a sign at Pacific Coast Highway and Anaheim Streets around 6:30 a.m. read more

Social Security Tax Hike Draws Mixed Reactions from Beneficiaries

January 15, 2013

Jacksonville, Fla. – Many workers have already experienced on Friday the increase on social security payroll as a result of the Fiscal Cliff compromise deal approved by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress.

As it is, Social Security taxes are back to 6.2 percent this year after being at 4.2 percent in 2011 and 2012. read more

89 Sexually Harassed Burger King Franchisee Employees to Receive $2.5 Million in Damages

January 14, 2013

New York – The largest Burger King franchisee has agreed to pay 89 female former employees with at no more than $2.5 million in damages to settle sexual harassment and retaliation case filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In a press statement released by the EEOC, it was said that Carrols Corporation subjected 89 women, including teenagers, to sexual harassment in different Burger King locations throughout the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast. read more

Jenni Rivera’s Company Faces Negligence Suit following Plane Crash

January 11, 2013

Los Angeles – The relatives of four people killed with Mexican singer Jenni Rivera in a plane crash in Mexico last month are claiming that the negligence of the pop star’s company in hiring a defective plane caused the fatal accident.

Rivera’s company, Jenni Rivera Enterprises, is among several defendants facing a lawsuit filed by the families of publicist Arturo Rivera, make-up artist Jacob Yebale, lawyer Mario Pacheco, and hair dresser Gorge Vasquez. read more

SSA to Pay Benefits 100% Electronically by March 1; Millions of Beneficiaries Urged to Switch Now

January 10, 2013

Starting March 1, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will no longer mail checks to disability benefits and other federal benefits program beneficiaries as the government is completely shifting to electronic payments by then.

With that, over 5 million checks will no longer be mailed to beneficiaries; instead, they will be electronically transmitted through Direct Deposit or the Direct Express Debit MasterCard card two months from now. read more

Transportation Contractor Settles Racial Discrimination Raps with $180K Pay

January 9, 2013

Phoenix, Az. – Two former workers of Emmert International, a transportation contractor, will receive not more than $180,000.00 in damages in connection with the racial harassment and retaliation case filed on their behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC said that Jonathan Redmon and John Brainich, who, while working on Emmert’s Odd Fellows Hall project in Salt Lake City, were harassed by the company’s foreman and other employees because of their race. read more

Single-engine Plane Skids off San Carlos Airport

January 8, 2013

San Mateo County – A single-engine plane carrying two people accidentally skidded off on San Carlos Airport runway Monday, reports said.

Authorities said that the accident happened around 10:15 a.m. read more

Employee Fired for Taking Bipolar Disorder Meds to Get $50K Settlement Pay

December 7, 2012

Atlanta, Ga. – A discriminated quality lab technician suffering from bipolar disorder will receive $50,000.00 in damages after her former company agreed to settle the case filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on her behalf, the federal agency announced Friday. read more

Social Security Tax Rate Returns to 6.2% This Year

January 4, 2013

As a result of the Fiscal Cliff compromise deal approved by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, American employees have to pay 6.2 percent of gross this year from 4.2 percent in 2011 and 2012.

Social Security taxes had been 6.2 percent of gross income since 1990 and were only reduced in 2011 to curb the effects of recession. read more

Texas-based Retailer Settles EEOC Disability Raps

January 3, 2013

New York – The Scooter Store, a Texas-based nationwide retailer, has agreed to settle a disability discrimination case charged by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the latter announced.

It was reported that the company failed to provide reasonable accommodation to its employee who requested to take a leave due to his psoriatic arthritis. read more

Paparazzo Killed while Taking Photos of Bieber’s Ferrari

January 02, 2013

Los Angeles – A paparazzo was reportedly struck and killed by a car while photographing the Ferrari of teen pop singer Justin Bieber Tuesday evening.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officials said that the accident happened around 6 p.m. on Sepulveda Boulevard close to Getty Center Drive. read more

Hayward Car Crash Kills Buena Park Man

December 28, 2012

Alameda County – A Buena Park man was killed in a car crash near Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward Wednesday evening, reports said.

The accident happened about 9:27 p.m. on Industrial Boulevard, one of the busiest intersections in Hayward. read more

CHP Probes Head-on Collision that Killed Woman, Dog

December 27, 2012

Contra Costa County – Authorities are still determining the cause of the head-on collision near San Pablo Reservoir that killed a Richmond woman and her dog Wednesday afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that even though details of the crash remain limited, it is clear that the driver, an El Sobrante man driving a Chevy SUV, was travelling north on San Pablo Dam Road when he collided head-on with the woman’s southbound Volkswagen Passat. read more

Some Workers Believe Social Security Will Not Last

December 26, 2012

Some Americans do not see Social Security to be there for them when they reach their retirement age, a news report tells.

The Detroit News reported that many workers are realizing that Social Security benefits will be reduced or even be gone when they reach their retirement age. read more

EEOC Sues Ohio Company for Firing Employee Because of Her Sex

December 21, 2012

Saginaw, Mich. – An Ohio-based company that provides van for wheelchair users is facing a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Thursday, reports said.

In the lawsuit, the EEOC claims that Mobility Works violated anti-sex discrimination law when it fired a top female sale associate, Pamela Miller, at its Saginaw store because of her sex. read more

EEOC Slams American Tool & Mold Company with Disability Discrimination Suit

December 18, 2012

Miami, Fla. – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a discrimination suit against a manufacturer of injection molds for plastics in Clearwater after it fired an employee it deemed disabled, the federal agency revealed in a press statement.

American Tool & Mold reportedly terminated Michael Matanic for failing to provide medical release proving his six-year-old successful back surgery. read more

DUI Woman Driver Crashes into Anaheim Home; Causes Small Fire

December 17, 2012

Anaheim – A house in Anaheim caught fire after a car driven by a suspected female drunk driver crashed into it Sunday early morning, reports said.

The incident happened about 3 a.m. near the intersection of Fremont Street and Ball Road. read more

Female Walmart Pharmacist Claims She Was Fired for Praying

December 14, 2012

California – A female former pharmacist at a Walmart in Bakersfield has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the retail giant, claiming that she was fired for praying with a customer, reports said.

Anhue Doan, 59, claims that she was terminated because the store allegedly caught her on tape holding the hand and praying with a customer. read more

3-year-old Hit-and-run Victim Recovering

December 13, 2012

Anaheim – The three-year-old girl who was struck by a vehicle that had been involved in a drive-by shooting incident last Tuesday is recovering from head injuries, reports said.

The toddler, Karla Yulie Burgon, was with her family celebrating the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe when she was struck by a silver Mitsubishi compact car as they were leaving the said event. read more

Proposed Calif. Bill to Bar Employers from Getting Social Media Info of Employees, Applicants

December 11, 2012

California – Starting January 1, California public-sector employers could no longer ask their employees and applicants for access to their personal social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, if Assembly Bill 25 is signed into law.

Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) authored and proposed AB 25, which would make minor amendments to a recently passed law that she also authored. read more

San Jose-based WirelessComm Settles Sexual Harassment Suit with $97K Pay

December 7, 2012

San Jose, Calif. – A former female worker at WirelessComm is set to receive at least $97,000.00 in monetary relief after the said company agreed to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced Thursday.

The company is a Metro PCS cell phone service provider distributor. read more

SSA Expands Compassionate Allowance Program Today; Disability Claims to be OK’d within Days

December 6, 2012

Washington – Qualified Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits claimants can expect faster approval as the Social Security Administration (SSA) will expand its program that fast-tracks disability claims by people with serious illnesses, reports said.

SSA Commission Michael Astrue announced that the Compassionate Allowances program of the agency will be expanded starting today. read more

Unknown Driver Fatally Hits Aspiring Fireman in Reseda

December 5, 2012

Los Angeles – An aspiring fireman was killed after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Reseda Sunday morning, reports said.

Thomas Price, 22, was crossing Reseda Boulevard and Topham Street around 2:15 a.m. when he was hit by a still unknown driver. read more

Big Rig Crashes on 210 Freeway; Closes Traffic Anew

December 03, 2012

Pasadena – The 134 east transition to the 210 west of 210 Freeway in Pasadena was again closed to traffic following a big rig crash Sunday early morning, reports said.

The accident likewise shut down traffic on the westbound 210 connector to the 210 west. read more

Alliant Techsystems, Inc. Settles EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit with $100K Pay

November 29, 2012

Minneapolis, Minn. – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in its press release last Tuesday that a Minnesota-based company will pay $100,000.00 to settle a race discrimination filed by the agency.

The lawsuit charged Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK) of denying an African-American female applicant of a job on racial grounds. read more

Riordan Aborts Initiative Aiming to Save L.A.’s Pension System

November 28, 2012

Los Angeles – Proposed changes on Los Angeles’ pension system did not get the green light from the city’s residents as former mayor Richard Riordan’s team failed to gather enough signatures, reports said.

Riordan abruptly cancelled his initiative to overhaul Los Angeles City’s pension system after his team only got 100,000 signatures, falling short from its target of 300,000 signatures. read more

Employers Allow Online Shopping during Office Hours on Cyber Monday

November 27, 2012

Employers are becoming more lenient on allowing employees to use business hours for online shopping purposes, a study reveals.

During yesterday’s Cyber Monday, some Nashville, Tennessee-based employers allowed their employees to go online shopping during their business hours. read more

2 Texas State Agencies Settle EEOC, DOJ Wage Discrimination Raps with $175K Pay

November 23, 2012

Austin, Tex. – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice announced last Monday that two Texas state agencies have agreed to pay $175,000.00 to settle the sex-based wage discrimination lawsuits filed against them.

In a press statement released by the EEOC, the two federal agencies filed charges against the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas General Land Office for subjecting former female employees of the defunct Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) to wage discrimination on the basis of sex. read more

Disneyland Worker Slides on Space Mountain Roof, Sustains Minor Injuries

November 22, 2012

Anaheim – Firefighters successfully rescued a Disneyland employee who fell while cleaning the roof of Space Mountain on Wednesday morning, reports said.

Authorities say that the incident happened morning before the park’s scheduled opening time. read more

Thousand Oaks Ferris Wheel Malfunctions; Injures 2, Traps Dozens

October 22, 2012

Ventura County – Authorities are investigating what caused a Ferris wheel in Thousand Oaks Carnival to malfunction and cause injuries to two people Saturday, reports said.

The incident happened about 9 p.m. at California Lutheran University where the carnival is situated. read more

64-year-old Woman Dies in Metro Red Line Escalator Accident

October 19, 2012

Hollywood – The 64-year-old woman in a wheelchair who fell backwards down an escalator at the Hollywood/Highland Metro Red Line station had died one day after the incident, reports said.

The woman reportedly sustained head trauma, causing her death at the hospital Wednesday. read more

Farm Labor Contractor Deprives Workers OT Pay; Faces $1.6M Suit in Calif. SC

October 18, 2012

Monterey, Calif. – A Greenfield farm labor contractor is now facing a lawsuit worth $1.6 million for failing to provide around 150 laborers with just wages and overtime pays, reports revealed.

The lawsuit was filed by California Labor Commission Julie A. Su in the Monterey County Supreme Court against the Salvador Zavala Chavez dba Zavala Farms. read more

Retirees to Receive COLA Raise in 2013

October 17, 2012

Federal retirees’ pensions will see a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting January 2013, reports revealed.

And despite being smaller compared to the 2.6 and 3.6 percent adjustments in 2012, most employee groups were relieved to hear about the news. read more

Wendy’s Franchise to Pay Discriminated Hearing-impaired Applicant

October 16, 2012

Dallas, Tex. – A hearing-impaired job applicant will receive at least $41,500.00 from a Wendy’s franchisee in settlement of the disability discrimination case filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

Michael Harrison, Jr., an applicant for cooker position was reportedly denied employment at a Killeen, Texas Wendy’s despite his qualifications and experience after the franchise’s general manager learned that he is hearing-impaired. read more

Ukiah-based Winery to Pay $75,000.00 as National Origin Raps Settlement

October 15, 2012

San Francisco – Dunnewood Vineyard, an Ukiah-based winery, was ordered to pay $75,000.00 and to employ preventative measures as part of the settlement deal after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued them for national origin harassment, reports said.

According to the lawsuit, a male Mexican-American supervisor of the Constellation Wines U.S. Inc. owned company regularly harassed Julio Perez-Lombera, a winery worker, along with other Mexican employees. read more. read more

Palm Desert Woman Not Hired Because She Can’t Fit into Skirt

October 11, 2012

Riverside County – The Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery in Palm Desert affirmed that it did not violate any anti-discrimination laws when it refused hiring a female applicant for not having the right body type.

Reports say that 20-year-old Jennifer Rogers claimed she was not employed at the said restaurant because a kilted skirt that is part of the pub’s uniform did not fit her. read more

House Resolution Eyes Fast Tracking of Vets’ SSDI Benefits

October 10, 2012

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Troops injured in Afghanistan may have easier access to disability benefits if a proposed bipartisan bill will be signed into law, reports said.

House Resolution 6445, if passed, will exempt active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard service members who were injured in action from the regular five-month waiting time in receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. read more

Inglewood Residents Seek Answers to Cyclist’s Death

October 9, 2012

Los Angeles County – Inglewood residents are paying respect to Alfonso Cerda through a make-shift memorial at the area where he was killed.

Cerda was the bicyclist who was killed after an L.A. County Sheriff’s patrol car struck him Monday. read more

Cyclists Conquer Downtown L.A. in Celebration of CicLAvia

October 8, 2012

Los Angeles – Thousands of pedestrians and cyclists participated in this year’s CicLAvia in downtown Los Angeles Sunday that closed down nine miles of street for at least five hours, reports said.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown L.A. streets including Figueroa Street, 7th Street, Spring Street, North Broadway, 4th Street, and 1st Street were closed to traffic. read more

Roy Farm Faces EEOC Sexual Harassment Raps

October 5, 2012

Seattle, Wash. – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a case against farm company Roy Farms for allowing a male supervisor to sexually harass male workers, thus proving male laborers are also vulnerable to harassment.

The EEOC said Thursday that the company’s male general manager allegedly subjected male workers to inappropriate and unwelcome sex-based comments. read more

91 Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals Tagged in $430M Medicare Fraud

October 4, 2012

Washington – At least 91 people, which include medical professionals, are facing charges ranging from healthcare fraud and conspiracy to wire fraud, kickback violations, identity theft, and money laundering, reports said.

Authorities said Thursday that the suspects include doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners who are believed to have conspired to defraud the federal government by at least $430 million. The suspects allegedly committed the massive Medicare fraud across seven U.S. cities. read more

SUV Slams into Broadway Liquor Store

October 3, 2012

South Los Angeles – No customer was reportedly hurt when an SUV that was being carjacked crashed into a liquor store on Broadway Monday night, reports said.

Around 11:35 p.m., a carjacking incident happened in the 4700 block of Broadway. read more

O’Reilly Auto Parts Slammed with Disability Discrimination Raps

October 2, 2012

Madison, Wis. – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Friday that it is suing O’Reilly Auto Parts, an automotive parts retailer, for failing to reasonably accommodate a manager and firing him because of his disability.

According to EEOC’s press statement, O’Reilly denied the manager of its Beloit facility, Heath Craft, with store accommodation and was terminated as well. read more

Driver Arrested for Hitting and Leaving Pedestrian Dead

October 1, 2012

Fountain Valley – A driver who left a pedestrian dead was arrested by authorities after returning to the accident scene, reports said.

According to records, a pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle on Newhope Avenue at Southpark Street about 2 a.m. Sunday. read more

Survey Says Older People Doubtful of Social Security

September 28, 2012

The latest survey of AARP, an interest group for older citizens, found out that more than half of people over the age of 50 are uncertain whether or not they will be able to take advantage of Social Security benefits, reports said.

The AARP poll that was conducted among residents from the northern part of the country, in the 21st Congressional District in particular, found out that at least 53 percent of older people are not confident with Social Security and fear that it would not be there for them and for future generations. read more

EEOC Slaps 2 Texas Oil Rigs with Racial Bias Raps

September 27, 2012

Houston, Tex. – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed discrimination cases against two oil drilling companies in Texas for allegedly discriminating against and harassing three employees based on their race, the agency announced Wednesday.

The EEOC said that Sandia Drilling Company, Ltd, L.L.P. and Sandia Drilling of Texas, L.L.C. oil rigs subjected two black workers and one Hispanic employee by calling them racially offensive names. read more

Fired Pregnant Employee to Receive $30,000.00 from Former Company

September 25, 2012

Atlanta, Ga. – A pregnancy bias victim in Georgia will be $30,000.00 richer as her alleged perpetrator agreed to settle the discrimination case filed by

The EEOC announced on Friday that Chemcore Industries, Inc. and Chemcore Industries of Georgia, LLC, a wholesale supplier of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, have decided to settle the pregnancy discrimination suit. read more

FDA & CDC: Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Contaminated with Salmonella; Recall in Effect

September 24, 2012

Los Angeles – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning about possible salmonella contamination of Trader Joe’s brand of peanut butter Saturday.

The warning prompted recall of the said peanut butter brand in several states to curb possible bacteria outbreak, reports said. read more

Vermont Senator: Social Security Not the Cause of Deficit Problem

September 21, 2012

Vermont – An independent senator from Vermont says that Social Security must be protected as it is the not the cause of the country’s problem on deficit, reports said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, founder of the Senate Defending Social Security Caucus, said Thursday that Social Security does not contribute to the problem on Federal deficit and should not be included in any plan on deficit reduction package. read more

Bicyclist Severely Injured after Crashing into Vehicle in Concord

September 20, 2012

Contra Costa County – A bicyclist sustained serious injuries after he was hit by a vehicle on Port Chicago Highway in Concord City Wednesday evening, reports said.

According to Concord police Corp. David Dunkley, the bicycle accident happened about 8:40 p.m. close to Pacheco Boulevard. read more

Medieval Times Charged for Customer’s Partial Blindness

September 19, 2012

Orange County – Medieval Times dinner theater in Buena Park is facing a $10-million lawsuit for allegedly causing the partial blindness of a male customer, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to South Dakota couple 37-year-old Dustin Wiseman and 38-year-old Melissa, they were spending their honeymoon in April 2011 at the said dinner theater when a sharp piece of metal from a titanium sword used in a mock sword fight flew into them. read more

Filipino Hospital Workers Win Settlement in Language Discrimination-related Suit

September 18, 2012

Kern County – Approximately 70 Filipino hospital workers of Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) will share nearly $1 million settlement amount from the discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) against the said hospital, reports stated.

The DRMC, an acute care hospital in San Joaquin Valley, has agreed to settle the discrimination case that stemmed from singling out Filipino hospital staff workers on its English-only policy by paying them with at least $975,000.00. read more

Alameda Driver Dies after Being Ejected from Vehicle and Hit by another Car

September 17, 2012

San Mateo County – A driver from Alameda was killed after he was ejected from his vehicle and then struck by another car Friday night on Highway 1, reports stated.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the man was driving south on Highway 1 when he lost control of his vehicle. read more

Senate Subcommittee Report: SSA OKs Disability Claims Lacking Medical Evidence

September 14, 2012

Washington – The Senate Subcommittee on Investigations has released its report about Social Security Administration’s (SSA) lax stance on disability claims Thursday, reports said.

The subcommittee, composed of both Republican and Democratic staff, found out that some Social Security officials are so overwhelmed with the numerous disability claims that they have to decide on that claims are approved without proper scrutiny. read more

EEOC Files Disability Discrimination Lawsuit against Dependable Health Services

September 13, 2012

San Antonio – The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Dependable Health Services, Inc. (DHS), a provider of contract workers to the country’s military facilities, after the company terminated a female employee who suffers from a disability, reports said.

According to case records, the employee was previously hospitalized after experiencing a neurological attack due to a disorder called Bell’s palsy. The lawsuit stated that DHS terminated the employee after she returned to work. read more

Eastbound Lanes of I-580 Close to Traffic Following Sig-alert

September 12, 2012

Alameda County – At least two lanes of Interstate 580 in Livermore were closed to traffic following a multi-car crash that caused several injuries Tuesday afternoon, reports said.

According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer Peter Van Eckhardt, the four-to-five road accident occurred around 5:56 p.m. on the eastbound lane of I-580 west of Greenville Road. read more

New California Law to Curb Workplace Bias against Sikh, Muslim Workers

September 11, 2012

California – A newly-signed assembly bill in California will target employers who discriminate against Sikh and Muslim workers, reports said.

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1964, a California law that would give employers restrictions about confining Sikh and Muslim workers to work in public sight due to their wearing of turbans, beards, and hijabs. read more

Middle Aged Man Dies in Hollywood Ped Accident

September 10, 2012

Hollywood – A man in his early 50s was killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Hollywood Monday morning, reports stated.

The fatal pedestrian crash happened at the intersection of Romaine Street and Western Avenue around 5:10 a.m., case records added. read more

Thomasville Woman Arrested for Using 2 SS Numbers

September 7, 2012

Davidson County, N.C. - A Thomasville City woman was arrested by officers of Thomasville Police Department and Davidson County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of identity theft, reports said.

Azucena Hernandez Martinez, 32, was apprehended by authorities following an investigation conducted by the police, sheriff, and officers of the Office of the Inspector General together with the Social Security Administration. read more

Harassed Muslim in Phoenix May Win Compensation from His Employer

September 6, 2012

Phoenix, Ariz. - A Phoenix aeronautical services company employee who was subjected to harassment and discrimination may receive compensatory damages as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a case against his company on his behalf, reports said.

According to the EEOC press release, Adam Donmez, an employee of Swift Aviation Group, experienced harassment and was subjected to hostile work environment because of his Turkish/Palestinian national origin and him being a Muslim. read more

Several Injured in 101 Freeway Four-Vehicle Crash

September 5, 2012

Los Angeles - Several people sustained minor injuries following a four-vehicle crash on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills Wednesday, reports stated.

It was reported that the crash happened around 6 a.m. on the eastbound lane of the freeway that is near Winnetka Avenue. read more

Labor Day 2012 Brings Hope to Unemployed Californians

September 4, 2012

Sacramento— The recently concluded Labor Day gave California jobseekers better hopes of finally securing a job after the unemployment rate in the state dips down.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) said on the annual Labor Briefing that the number of jobs in the state is much better than any other time in the past 11 years. read more

5 Dead in Ontario Crash; Driver Reportedly Beats Red Light while Intoxicated

September 3, 2012

Ontario, Calif.— At least five people were killed after the car they are riding flipped and landed on a home backyard in Haven Avenue early Sunday morning, reports said.

Authorities said that the accident occurred around 1:40 a.m. on the said avenue, south of Creekside Drive. read more

N.Y. Governor Signs Bill that Would Curb Pay-Per-Call Scams

August 31, 2012a

New York — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a new law that would prohibit employers from hiring inmates for any job that would allow them to access Social Security numbers of other people, reports said.

It was reported that the law’s purpose is to secure New Yorkers from prize award schemes that usually require consumers to disclose their Social Security numbers via pay-per-call service. read more

CA Senate OKs Bill that Would Give Nannies Meal and Rest Breaks

August 30, 2012

Sacramento— California housekeepers, nannies, childcare providers, and caregivers may be entitled to overtime and meal breaks as the state Senate approved Wednesday a bill that would provide such benefits, reports said.

The said bill will enable live-in workers to be eligible for rest and meal breaks if their eight-hour rest period is interrupted. read more

Train-Bus Collision in Downtown L.A. Injures 48

August 29, 2012

Los Angeles— The collision between a Metro Blue Line train and an MTA bus near downtown Los Angeles left at least 48 people injured Monday, KTLA reported.

The report added that the accident occurred at exactly 6:58 a.m. at the intersection of San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard. read more

Senate OKs Bill that Will Prevent Heat Illnesses in Farms

August 28, 2012

Sacramento— California farmers may be allowed to sue their employers who repeatedly fail to save them from heat illnesses while on work as the Farm Worker Safety Act was approved by the State Senate Monday, reports stated.

The bill, also known as Assembly Bill 2346, was approved by state solons via a 21-12 vote. read more

Nigerian Refugee Faces 6 Months Imprisonment for Social Security Fraud

August 24, 2012

Hennepin County, Minn. – A Nigerian refugee woman who was suspected of using two different identities pleaded guilty Thursday in Minneapolis and may face up to six months jail time, reports said.

According to reports, 49-year-old Oluremi George of Woodbury applied for Social Security in 1991 after entering the country as a refugee. During that time, George applied using an alias to avoid retribution as a refugee. read more

Cerebral Palsy Patient-worker to Receive $50,000.00 after Experiencing Discrimination

August 23, 2012

Dallas, Tex. – A worker who was suffering from cerebral palsy is set to get at least $50,000.00 in settlement of the disability discrimination raps filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on her behalf, the federal agency announced Tuesday.

According to the EEOC’s press release, 22-year-old Marcia Arney was fired from her job at a Walmart store in Carlsbad, New Mexico because of her disability. read more

Fiery Martinez Crash Leaves 1 Dead; 4 Injured

August 22, 2012

Martinez – A fiery crash near the Morello Avenue exit on the westbound lane of Highway 4 left a driver dead and four others injured Tuesday, reports stated.

The crash reportedly happened about 7 p.m. It involved a driver of a two-door Nissan Sentra and four occupants of an SUV. read more

Social Security Recipients with Unpaid Student Loans May Not Receive Full Benefits

August 17, 2012

Students are being warned of the consequences of not paying their loans on time as SmartMoney reported that the federal government is withholding Social Security funding for recipients with pending federal student loans, reports said.

According to SmartMoney senior writer Anna Maria Andriotis, student loans are among the consumer loans that people cannot totally get rid of. read more

Steelmaking Company Employee to Receive Compensations in Settlement of Religious Bias Case

August 16, 2012  

Indianapolis, Ind. – A former laborer of Magnetics International, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation engaged in the steelmaking industry, will receive at least $30,000.00 in settlement for the religious discrimination case filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency reported Wednesday.

The EEOC press release said that Magnetics’ Indiana facility terminated Daniel Bewley, a devout Christian, due to his request to be excused from working on a Sunday to attend Sabbath. read more

San Diego Woman Survives Fall from Apartment Window

August 15, 2012

San Diego County – A woman sustained minor to moderately serious injuries after falling 15 feet from her bathroom window and into a light shaft in the middle of her Logan Heights apartment building Tuesday, reports said.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFRD) said that the accident occurred 8 a.m. in the 2700 block of Commercial Street. read more

Former Disneyland Worker Finally Sues Walt Disney Corp.

August 14, 2012

Anaheim – The former Disneyland employee who claims that she was harassed and discriminated by the company has finally filed a case Monday, reports said.

Imane Boudlal, a practicing Muslim, alleges that she was discriminated and harassed by Walt Disney Corp. because of her religion. read more

Authorities Suspect Tire Problem as Cause of Deadly Eagle Rock Crash

August 13, 2012

Eagle Rock – Officials are looking into the possibility that tire problem caused the 134 Freeway SUV crash that left four people dead and two others injured Sunday night, reports said.

According to a witness, the 1999 Ford Expedition that went off the side of the said freeway west of Figueroa Street about 6:50 p.m. may have had a problem with one of its tires. read more

Seniors Waiting for Obama and Romney to Lay their SS and Medicare Plans

August 10, 2012  

West Palm Beach, Fla. – Majority of Florida seniors want presidential hopefuls Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney to disclose their plans regarding Social Security and Medicare, AARP The Magazine’s recent survey said.

In the said survey, Floridians older than 50 think that nothing much about Social Security and Medicare has been said in presidential campaigns. read more

LA Woman Files Hit-and-Run Report against Amanda Bynes

August 6, 2012

Los Angeles – A Los Angeles woman filed a hit-and-run incident report against actress Amanda Bynes, TMZ reported.

According initial reports, Bynes who was driving a black BMW rear-ended the woman’s Toyota Corolla. read more

Fed Charges Man for Getting 2 Social Security Benefits

August 3, 2012  

Central Florida – A man who is believed to have assumed two identities to receive more Social Security benefits is facing up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Federal authorities filed a charge against Gerald Gering for illegally receiving two Social Security benefits. read more

Orinda Motorcycle Mishap Leaves 1 Dead

August 2, 2012

Orinda, Contra Costa County – A male motorcyclist was reported killed in a crash that happened Thursday on Highway 24, reports said.

According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) authorities, the rider was heading west on the said highway when he accidentally crashed. The incident was reported to authorities around 1:30 a.m. read more

Alhambra DUI Crash Kills 2; Female Driver May Face Charges

August 1, 2012

Alhambra – The suspected drunk driver who caused the death of at least two of her passengers Tuesday may face felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter as authorities probe the incident, reports said.

Initial investigation found out that the female driver of a Toyota RAV4 was driving eastbound on the 10 going to the 710 freeway with three male passengers when she crashed the vehicle into a 3-foot concrete wall. read more

Charlotte Hotel Faces Religious Bias Raps for Firing Seventh-Day Adventist Employee

July 31, 2012

Charlotte, N.C.—The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a discrimination case against Comfort Inn Oceanfront South Monday for allegedly terminating a former employee because of her religion.

According to EEOC’s press statement, the Nags Head-based hotel company failed to reasonably accommodate the request of Claudine Neal, a front desk clerk employee, to be assigned into a different shift to give way to her religious obligations. read more

Fatal Ped Accident Victim Still Unnamed; Police Searching for Driver

July 30, 2012

Los Angeles County – Authorities have not yet released the identity of the man who was killed in suspected hit-and-run collision in San Fernando Valley Saturday night.

According to reports, the 36-year-old victim was crossing the Parthenia Street in North Hills when he was struck by a white Chevrolet pickup truck. read more

Fed Court Sentences 3 Members of Sophisticated SS Fraud Group

July 27, 2012

Newark —At least three individuals were sentenced while two others pleaded guilty for taking part in a large scale and elaborate identity theft activity, reports said.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced that three individuals were sentenced earlier this week by the Newark federal court. read more

Female San Fernando Lawmaker Faces Battery Raps

July 26, 2012

San Fernando, Calif.— A female lawmaker in this city has been charged with misdemeanor battery and vandalism in connection with her beating of another city councilman who was reportedly her former lover, reports said.

Maribel de la Torre, a councilwoman for San Fernando City, was sued by ex-councilman Mario Hernandez when the latter allegedly punched and slapped him and even threatened to kill him during a June 28 altercation. read more

Mid-City Hit-and-run Accident Leaves Man Critical

July 25, 2012

Los Angeles - A hit-and-run incident early Wednesday has left a 48-year-old male pedestrian in critical condition, news reports said.

The said accident happened around 2 a.m. along South Fairfax Boulevard’s 1700 block, in the middle of Venice and Pico. read more

US DoT Hands Bay Area $40 M Public Transit Funds

July 24, 2012  

California—The United States Department of Transportation (DoT) recently awarded $40 million to Bay Area as part of the highly competitive public transit federal funding, news reports said.

The said amount will be divided to fund some critical programs that aim to improve the public transit system across several California cities. read more

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on I-15; Occupants Safe

July 23, 2012  

San Diego County – No injuries were recorded in the emergency landing of a small plane on Interstate 15 Sunday night, reports said.

California Highway Patrol officials said that the plane ran out of fuel, which prompted its Orange County pilot to make an emergency landing around 11:30 p.m. in the vicinity of El Norte Road in Escondido. read more

SS Number of 800 BYU Students Compromised

July 20, 2012  

Provo, Utah – The Universe, Brigham Young University’s (BYU) school paper, recently reported that at least 800 Social Security numbers of the school’s students were leaked, reports said.

Initial investigation found out that an authorized access on BYU’s database possibly compromised some 800 Social Security numbers and other personal information of former and current students. read more

McDonald’s Franchisee to Settle Harassment Charge with $1,000,000

July 19, 2012

Madison, Wis. – A company owning 25 McDonald’s restaurants has agreed to settle a class sexual harassment case against it by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The said company will be handing claimants with $1,000,000 settlement pay, reports said.

Missoula Mac, Inc. has agreed to pay the said amount of damages to 10 former female employees who experienced sexual harassment and wrongful termination. read more

Sacramento Ped Accident Injures 2; Kills 4 Dogs

July 18, 2012

Sacramento – A pedestrian accident in Carmichael left two people critically injured and four dogsdead Monday night, reports said.

According to initial investigation findings, the accident happened around 10 p.m. on the intersection of Engle Road and Garfield Avenue in the said Sacramento eastern town. read more

Man with Eye Condition to Get $45,000 Settlement against Communications Firm

July 17, 2012

Richmond, Va. – A man suffering from ocular albinism was discriminated by a telecommunications engineering and consulting company in New Jersey and is now expected to receive at least $45,000 in settlement of disability bias suit charged by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to reports, Stanton Woodcock applied for a managing consultant post at RCC Consultants, Inc. in New Jersey but was denied employment due to his eye condition. read more

Renowned Israeli Psychologist Fatally Injured in Alameda Bicycle Mishap

July 16, 2012

Alameda County – Authorities have finally identified the man who was killed in a bicycle-dump truck collision in downtown Berkeley last Friday afternoon, reports said.

The victim was identified as Shlomo Bentin, 65, a well-known Israeli psychology and education professor. read more

Kentucky General Attorney Alerts Citizens about SS Utility Scam

July 12, 2012

Kentucky – Recent news stories about a Social Security scam that targets utility consumers prompted Attorney General Jack Conway to warn Kentuckians.

According WKYT-TV report, Conway reminded utility consumers to be wary of giving their personal information, like their Social Security number, to avoid becoming victims of identity theft. read more

Teen Fatality in Covina Metrolink Accident ID’d

July 12, 2012

Los Angeles County – The 14-year-old boy who was killed by a Metrolink train in an accident in Covina was identified by authorities as Mitchal Sata of Glendora, reports said.

According to authorities, Sata was fatally struck by the train around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday. read more

Pickup-truck Storms Bicycle in PCH; Kills Woman Cyclist

July 11, 2012

Santa Monica – A thirty-something female cyclist was fatally injured after she was hit by a pickup-truck driver who fled the scene right after the incident on Pacific Coast Highway Tuesday.

Reports said that the victim was riding near Entrada Drive around 11:15 p.m. when she was struck by a white pickup-truck.

The woman was pronounced dead on the spot. read more

Seattle Hotel Groups Settle Sex, Race, Religion, Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

July 10, 2012  

Seattle, Wash. – At least 11 former employees of Best Western Evergreen Inn and Best Western Tacoma Dome hotels will receive compensations after their former employers agreed to settle harassment charge filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

In the lawsuit, a general manager who worked for the said hotels intently harassed and maligned women employees, members of minority groups, and those who were affiliated with religious groups. read more

Ped Accident Leaves 1 Dead; Causes Closure of 60 Freeway Lanes

July 9, 2012

Montebello – A pedestrian was killed near Rosemead Boulevard early Monday morning after getting hit by a big rig, reports said.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said that the pedestrian was fatally struck by a big rig about 4:30 a.m. on the 60 Freeway. read more

Electric Utility Company Warns Customers of ID Thieves’ Modus

July 07, 2012

Carmi, Ill. – Ameren Illinois, an electric utility company in Illinois, is warning its customers once again after it found out that certain scam artists are scheming ways to get people’s Social Security numbers.

Reports said that the scam being used by the con artists are practically similar to the one that was used in May, which affected utility customers from various states. read more

Solo Car Crash in San Jose Leaves 1 Dead

July 5, 2012  

San Jose – A single vehicle crash on the northbound lane of Highway 87 left a person fatally injured, California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported.

According to reports, the accident happened about 1:49 p.m. just south of West Taylor Street. read more

Experts Warn SoCal Motorists about Dangers of Independence Day

June 4, 2012

Los Angeles – Millions of vehicles are expected to hit Southern California roads this Fourth of July, which prompted traffic safety experts to warn motorists about the high probability of getting involved in accidents.

Safety experts say that the Fourth of July is the deadliest day in the country due to alcohol-related vehicle accidents, reports stated. read more

The Jackson Sun Pays Fired Worker; Settles Disability Bias Raps

July 3, 2012

Jackson, Tenn. – A former newspaper employee, who was fired a week after taking a leave of absence due to health complications, will receive at least $150,000 as his company decided to settle a disability bias suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), reports said.

The terminated commercial print manager was reported to have experienced disability discrimination after the company terminated him due to his spinal cord damage. read more

Police Officer Rams SUV into House; Witness Says He Was Drunk

July 2, 2012

Riverside County – The police officer who plowed his sports utility vehicle into his neighbor’s house was not drunk when the accident happened Saturday in Moreno Valley, reports said.

Authorities said that Joseph Flores, 45, underwent a sobriety test that determined he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. read more

80-year-old Man Faces Suit for Stealing Dead Ma’s SS Benefits

June 29, 20

Houston, Tex. – An 80-year-old man from Conroe, Montgomery is facing one count of theft of government money for cashing in on the Social Security benefits of her mother who died almost 30 years ago, reports said.

Authorities discovered Kline Fisher Budd’s scheme after the Social Security Administration (SSA) found out that Willie Mae Shaughnesy, his mother, had passed away on November 1984. read more

14 Freeway Southbound Lanes Reopened after 19-vehicle Pileup

June 28, 2012

Agua Dulce– The 14 Freeway lanes that were closed due to the 19-vehicle pileup that injured at least 17 people are now open to traffic, KTLA reported.

The multiple-vehicle pileup prompted the closure of all southbound lanes and two northbound lanes of 14 Freeway south of the Escondido Canyon exit. read more

Illinois Towing Company to Pay $380,000 to Discriminated Disabled Employees

June 26, 2012

Chicago, Ill. – A towing company in Mokena, Illinois has agreed to pay 13 of its former employees with at least $380,000 to settle the disability discrimination class suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency reported.

The company, United Road Towing, Inc., allegedly discriminated against its employees with disabilities in its offices in Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. read more

Pending SSDI Claims Expected to Soar

June 21, 2012
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is expected to process approximately 1.1 million Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) initial applications by the end of 2013, reports said.

It was reported that in May, about 230,000 SSDI claimants applied for benefits. These applications added to the existing thousands of SSDI initial applications waiting to be reviewed by the SSA. read more

Man Dies in Fiery SUV West L.A. Crash

June 21, 2012

Los Angeles – A 57-year-old man was pronounced dead after his sport utility vehicle got involved in a fiery crash in West Los Angeles Thursday, reports said.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the victim’s vehicle was travelling on the westbound lane of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway near Robertson Boulevard at around 2:40 a.m. when it caught fire and likewise set fire to the trees where it landed. read more

6-vehicle North Hollywood Crash under Probe

June 20, 2012

Hollywood – Authorities are determining the cause of the multiple-crash in North Hollywood that left seven people injured Tuesday, reports said.

Initial investigation detailed that the crash happened at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue about 7 a.m. and involved six vehicles. read more

SunTrust Banks Faces Sexual Harassment Case

June 19, 2012  

Tampa, Fla. – SunTrust Banks, Inc., a large financial services company, is facing a class sexual harassment lawsuit when its branch manager in the Gulf Gate branch allegedly harassed and discriminated against female employees, reports said.

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a class action lawsuit against the said company for violating the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. read more

Driver Who Killed 2 Women in Boyle Heights Crash Identified

June 12, 2012

Los Angeles – Authorities have already identified the driver who killed two women in a suspected DUI crash in Boyle Heights Saturday, reports said.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) identified the driver as 37-year-old Elba Jimenez of Upland. road more

San Clemente Officials Mull Lowering Speed Limit on Avenida Pico

June 14, 2012  

Orange County – San Clemente officials are planning to lower the speed limit along a portion of Avenida Pico from 40 mph to 35 mph, reports said.

Members of city staff and the Planning Commission will try to convince the City Council to lower the speed limit along El Camino and Los Molinos Business District located near North Beach. read more

US Sailing: Collision Not the Cause of Fatal Sailboat Mishap off San Diego Coast

June 13, 2012

San Diego – The US Sailing Independent Review Panel announced Tuesday that it has determined the cause of a sailboat race accident that left four sailors dead last April 28, reports said.

Investigators of the US Sailing concluded that the Aegean sailboat involved in the fatal mishap ran ashore at night on North Coronado Island. read more

Jehovah’s Witness Employee to receive $35,000 in Discrimination Case Settlement

June 12, 2012

Detroit, Mich. – A Jehovah’s Witnesses female adherent will receive at least $35,000 in settlement of religious discrimination charge filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against her former employee, reports said.

The defendant, Whitehall Healthcare Center of Ann Arbor, a nursing and long-term care facility in Ann Arbor, has agreed to pay its former employee, among other conditions imposed by the EEOC. read more

Secretary John Branson Suffers from Seizure after Getting Involved in 2 Crashes

June 11, 2012

San Gabriel – Commerce Department Secretary John Bryson suffered from seizure and was taken to a hospital after getting involved in two separate car accidents in Southern California Saturday evening, reports said.

According to initial investigation, Bryson was driving his Lexus when he allegedly rear-ended a Buick waiting for a train to pass at the 400 block of San Gabriel Boulevard about 5 p.m. Saturday. read more

Sheriff’s Deputy Fatally Hits Bloomington Pedestrian

November 5, 2012

Bloomington, Calif. – A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was responding to a call when he fatally struck a pedestrian Sunday night.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials say that the deputy was traveling south on Cedar Avenue when he hit a pedestrian crossing Santa Ana Avenue around 9 p.m. read more

Train Hits Car on Redwood City Tracks; Snarls Caltrain Operation

November 8, 2012

Redwood City – A southbound Caltrain commercial train struck a car on tracks near Redwood City station Wednesday evening, reports said.

Caltrain officials say that the incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. near Maple Street railroad crossing. read more

Social Security Numbers of 300 University of Virginia Posted Online; Glitch Blamed

June 8, 2012  

Charlottesville, Va. – Transcripts and Social Security numbers of at least 300 students of the University of Virginia were made viewable online due to a glitch in the school’s website, reports said.

University officials were quick to comment that the incident was very likely due to human error and not a case of cyber attack. read more

Pickup Truck Crashes into 106-year-old Church; Driver Sustains Major Injuries

June 7, 2012

Huntington Beach – A pickup truck driver was injured when his vehicle crashed through a church in Warner Avenue Tuesday morning, reports said.

The accident happened around 10:20 a.m. at Warner Avenue Baptist Church. read more

Amanda Bynes Tweets Not Guilty Plea on DUI and Hit-and-run Charges

June 6, 2012

Los Angeles – Actress Amanda Bynes used her Twitter account to debunk allegations of driving under the influence and fleeing the accident scene, reports said.

Last April 6, Bynes was arrested at the corner near Santa Monica and Robertson boulevards for allegedly crashing her BMW into a Los Angeles County sheriff’s cruiser. She also allegedly refused to take a breathalyzer test. read more

Discriminated Mormon Employee to Receive $70,000 from Wal-Mart

June 5, 2012

Seattle, Wash. – A former assistant manager of Wal-Mart in Colville will receive at least $70,000 in settlement of the religion discrimination he experienced in the company, reports said.

According to a press release by the United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the employee, a devout Mormon, was terminated from his job post for requesting for leaves on Sundays to observe Sabbath. read more

13-year-old Girl Killed in Hacienda Heights Suspected DUI Crash

June 4, 2012

Los Angeles County – A 13-year-old girl was killed while two others were injured after a car driven by a suspected impaired driver hit them on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights Sunday, reports said.

The two injured victims include a 42-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy. The female victim died on the spot. All three victims are from Santa Monica. read more

52 New Compassionate Allowances Conditions to Help SSDI Applicants

June 01, 2012

Applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits with medical conditions covered by the 52 new Compassionate Allowances conditions announced on April may expect to have faster approval, a report stated.

In an article by The Baltimore Times, it was said that the conditions under Compassionate Allowances will allow the Social Security Administration (SSA) to quickly identify applicants who need to be approved immediately. read more

Teen Driver Injures 7 Students in Ped Crash near Hemet High School

May 31, 2012

Riverside County – At least seven high school students sustained minor to serious injuries after a teen driver from their school struck them at a crosswalk outside Hemet High School Thursday, reports said.

Initial investigation revealed that the driver, Daniel Carrillo, 18, was driving his 1994 Ford Ranger when he failed to stop on a red light and consequently plowed eight pedestrians at Stetson Avenue. read more

Driver Flees after Crashing with Police Car, Injuring 2 Officers

May 28, 2012

Venice – The driver who crashed his SUV into a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) car and who left two officers injured Monday is still at large, reports said.

The accident happened about 2 a.m. at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Washington Boulevard. read more

Obama on Social Security: ‘Linchpin of Our Social Safety Net’

May 25, 2012

President Barack Obama described the Social Security as “the linchpin of our social safety net” and not the cause of United
States’ deficits, reports said.

In an interview with the ‘AARP The Magazine,’ Obama said that adjustments on Social Security program should be made to protect current beneficiaries and to ensure future generations with benefits. read more

101-year-old Famous Hollywood Photog Dies in Ped Accident

May 24, 2012

Burbank - Renowned Hollywood photographer Otto Jensen died Tuesday after he was hit by a sedan while crossing Olive Avenue, reports said.

Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said that 91-year-old Mary Beaumont fatally struck the 101-year-old Jensen around 8:20 p.m. read more

Car Crashes into Chinatown Apartment; Injures Sleeping Girl

May 23, 2012
Los Angeles – An unidentified man crashed his vehicle into a Chinatown apartment and injured a sleeping preteen girl Wednesday, reports said.

The minor was apparently sleeping when vehicle small sedan partially went through her apartment in 700 block of North Bunker Hill Avenue. The accident happened around 6:30 a.m., reports added. read more

2 Nursing Home Companies Fire HIV-positive Employee; Face Discrimination Charge

May 22, 2012

Tennessee – Two nursing home logistics and services company in Johnson City are facing a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for discriminating against an HIV-positive worker, reports stated.

According to an EEOC press release, Christian Care Center of Johnson City, Inc. and Care Centers Management Consulting, Inc., an integrated enterprise, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by firing an employee who has an HIV-positive status. read more

Wrong-way Driver Crashes Vehicle into Port of L.A.; Dies

May 21, 2012

San Pedro – A car plunged into the water of Port of Los Angeles Saturday afternoon, leaving its driver dead, reports said.

According to witnesses, the man was driving south of Navy Way close to pier 300 when he landed his vehicle upside-down into at least 10 feet of water around 2:55 p.m. read more

Investigators Say Camp Pendleton Chopper Crash Caused by Bird

May 18, 2012

Camp Pendleton – Authorities have determined bird strike as the possible cause of the helicopter crash that killed two officers at Camp Pendleton last year, reports stated.

A Marine Corps probe suggests that bird strike is to blame for the fatal AH-1W Cobra Attack chopper crash last September 19, 2011.

The investigation has found out that a red-tailed hawk with about 4 feet wing span and weighing about 3 pounds collided with the chopper. read more

Thousands of Sacramento Workers to Pedal to Work Today

May 17, 2012

Sacramento – Several thousand workers are expected to go to work today using their bicycles in observance of the Bike to Work Day, news reports said.

According to Sacramento Bee, volunteers will arrange breakfast and energizer stations on key areas where bikers can take a stop. read more

DOG ATTACK: 3 Pit Bulls Maul La Sierra Woman

May 16, 2012

Riverside – At least three loose pit bulls attacked a mother who was walking with her teenage daughter Tuesday, reports said.

The woman, Leesa Lyon, was walking with her daughter to their apartment in La Sierra when three dogs attacked her, leaving her with lower body bite injuries, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services (RCDAS) said. read more

EEOC: Statistics on Discrimination Charge by State Now Available Online

May 15, 2012

Washington – The United States Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) announced Monday that people can now access private sector workplace discrimination charge statistics from fiscal year 2009 to 2011.

According to EEOC’s press release, the charge statistics for each 50 states and the country’s territories are now accessible through the agency’s website. read more

Officers Shoot Down Pit Bull that Attacked Long Beach Woman

May 14, 2012

Long Beach – One of the two pit bulls that attacked a woman was shot dead by the police while the other is now in the custody of animal control officers, reports said.

The woman was reported to be walking her dog in 200 block of East Barclay Street Saturday around 6 p.m. when the attack happened. read more

I.D. Thieves Going after Social Security Number of Dead People

May 11, 2012

New York – Identity thieves are finding new ways to get their job going— and looking for dead people’s identity online has become their favorite option.

According to a report by NBC, the odds of dead people getting their identity stolen are high because of certain practices of the Social Security Administration (SSA). read more

Suspected Drunken Driver Hits Pole and Power Lines; Nabbed

May 10, 2012

Sherman Oaks– A suspected drunk woman driver crashed her small truck to a light pole and high-voltage power lines in Ventura Boulevard Weadnesday, reports said.

The small truck caught fire due to the crash. The accident happened on Ventura Boulevard close to Lankershim Boulevard around 11:40 p.m. read more

14 People Sickened by Salmonella from Dog Food; Vet Says Poor Hygiene to Blame

May 09, 2012

Culver City– A local veterinarian urges dog owners not to panic amidst salmonella-contaminated dog food issue in the city, reports said.

According to latest news reports, at least 14 people have been sickened due to salmonella caused by contaminated dog foods. read more

Lathrop Mayor Faces Probe for Inappropriate Conduct towards Employee

May 08, 2012

Lathrop– The mayor of this California town, J. “Chaka” Santos, faces an impending grand jury investigation for his alleged inappropriate behavior towards a female city employee, reports said.

Members of the City Council have unanimously voted to investigate the allegations against Santos. read more

Pedestrian Family Hit by Pickup Truck; 1 Dead

May 07, 2012

Covina – A woman died while her young child got injured after they were hit by a pickup truck Saturday, reports said.

The accident occurred around 5:20 p.m. at the San Bernardino Road and Vincent Avenue intersection, reports added. read more

Listed as ‘Dead’ Student Can’t Apply for College Loan

May 04, 2012

Harvard, Neb. – Corbin Russell, a high school senior, plans of going to college and applying for a student loan, but there’s one problem—he is listed as dead in Social Security Administration’s (SSA) records.

The Associated Press reported that Russell’s Social Security number was used in January 2010 to claim for death benefit for a South Carolina man. read more

Westminster Crash Leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

May 03, 2012

Orange County – A two-vehicle collision Wednesday in Westminster City left one dead and two severely injured, reports stated.

According to Orange County Fire Authority spokesperson Capt. Marc Stone, the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. on the Bolsa Chica Road overpass at the San Diego Freeway. read more

Car Crashes into Chinatown Apartment; Injures Sleeping Girl

May 23, 2012
Los Angeles – An unidentified man crashed his vehicle into a Chinatown apartment and injured a sleeping preteen girl Wednesday, reports said.

The minor was apparently sleeping when vehicle small sedan partially went through her apartment in 700 block of North Bunker Hill Avenue. The accident happened around 6:30 a.m., reports added. read more

San Dimas Man Warned after Flying Kite near Airport

May 02, 2012

San Dimas – Sheriff’s officials have doubled up their efforts to strictly implement “no kite flying” rule in Frank G. Bonelli Park near Brackett Field airport, reports stated.

It was reported that a man was issued with a warning Sunday after he flown his above 500 feet over the northern part of the park. read more

Arizona Golf Company Agrees to Settle Retaliation Suit Filed by EEOC

May 01, 2012

Phoenix, Ariz. – Golf International, a Fountain Hills-based golf course and restaurant, is set to pay its former employee to settle an employment retaliation lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), reports said.

According to an EEOC press release, Golf International violated the civil rights of Jeffrey White when the latter fired the former after submitting a complaint to the agency. read more





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