Faces of discrimination at work

By on Oct 17, 2015 in Race-based Discrimination | 0 comments

Although we live in a world where diversity, heterogeneity, and uniqueness are all celebrated, there are workplaces that still harbor an environment of inequality and discrimination. Unfortunately, these workplaces in the U.S. are not few. In fact, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stated that there had been a total of 88,778 discrimination-related cases filed in the 2014 fiscal year. This staggeringly large number tells a lot about how the issue of discrimination affects a majority of the country’s workforce.

Discrimination in your workplace may take different forms: age, disability, race, sex, national origin. Whatever the form of discrimination, the person being discriminated feels ostracized not just by his colleagues, but by his entire work environment as well. Here are the different forms of discrimination common in some U.S. workplaces:

Discrimination based on race/color

According to the website of Cary Kane LLP, an entity (a company or co-worker) could be at fault of race/color discrimination if it intentionally discriminates a person because of his race or racial characteristics. Furthermore, if an employer tolerates race-based discrimination at work, s/he may also be held liable.

Discrimination based on pregnancy

If an employer or a co-worker made explicit remarks that tend to discriminate a pregnant woman, s/he could be at fault of discrimination. The company could also at fault if its systems, rules and regulations are inherently disadvantageous to women who are pregnant or have the capacity to be pregnant.

Discrimination based on disability

A company who looks into a person’s disability as the basis of hiring, firing, promotions, training, payments, benefits, and job assignments could be at fault of discrimination, unless such rules, systems or practices should be done because of unavoidable business reasons (ex. health and safety). An employer who failed to reasonably accommodate for a disabled employee or applicant may also found to be guilty of discrimination. However, if the accommodation would result in undue hardship to the employer given the company’s resources, size, or nature of operations, s/he might not be held liable.

How a faulty suspension cause rollover incidents

By on Oct 16, 2015 in Cars | 0 comments

Rollover incidents account for many road-related incidents in the country. According to safecar.gov, 2.1% of the nearly 9.1 million car crashes that happened in 2010 were rollovers. Tragically, 35% of passenger deaths, or more than 7,600 fatalities, have been associated with rollovers in the same year.

Although almost all types of cars could be involved in a rollover incident, narrower and taller vehicles are more likely to tip over because of higher center of gravity. Taller and narrower vehicles should not be the only ones insured. Even wider, smaller vehicles should be covered, because they too could be vulnerable to roll over incidents. This can be especially true if your vehicle has a faulty suspension system.

A car’s suspension system is integral in preventing rollover accidents. Car suspension is a system of shock absorbers, springs, and coils that interact with the car’s vertical motion. As you drive your vehicle parallel to the road, your tires may interact with bumps, causing your car’s frame to move upwards. Your car may also move vertically when applying brakes or when maneuvering. The car’s vertical motion while moving horizontally is what causes your car to rollover. With properly manufactured and installed suspension components, your car’s upward motion is effectively minimized, which greatly reduces your chances of getting into a rollover accident.

A Lexington car accident attorney would probably say consumers should be aware that there are many cars nowadays that are operating with flaws that can somehow cause accidents. Faulty torsion bars, shock absorbers, and coils may all trigger a suspension malfunction that may result in injurious, sometimes even fatal rollover accident. As such, be sure to only install suspension components that have been manufactured within quality standards. Components should also be installed by a professional auto mechanic. Finally, you may want to regularly check your shock absorbers for any leak, telling you that they should be replaced.

Why you shouldn’t be drinking too much alcohol

By on Oct 15, 2015 in DWI | 0 comments

Alcohol is a symbol of celebration. It is oftentimes associated with parties and rewards. However, when alcohol consumption crosses certain boundaries, it may wreak havoc not just on your lives, but also on the lives of others. In recent years, alcohol has been central in many cases of domestic violence, personal injury and wrongful death in the country. Furthermore, according to the website of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, being charged with DWI may result in hefty monetary fines and lengthy incarceration time, both of which affect productivity and finances.

Effects of too much alcohol on health

Apart from the things mentioned above, it is important to note that too much alcohol in the body may result in a myriad of health effects. Read below to get a glimpse of how alcohol may impact almost every part of your body, according to the website of Healthline.com:

  • Digestive – Gastrointestinal bleeding, gum diseases, tooth decay and loss, ulcers
  • Circulatory – Hypertension, heart attack, stroke, heart failure
  • Central nervous system – Long term and increased alcohol consumption has been associated with dementia
  • Excretory system – Urinary tract infection, liver cirrhosis, kidney failure, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Skeletal – Osteoporosis
  • Reproductive – Decreased libido, impotence, premature delivery, birth defects

The risk of alcoholism

You might not notice it, but if you drink more too much, you might be suffering from real alcohol problem. It is very difficult to tell whether you are starting to be dependent on alcohol or not. But in most cases, alcohol dependency is characterized by the following, as seen on the website of Healthline.com:

  • Increased and more frequent alcohol consumption
  • Consumption during inappropriate times (at work, during Sunday service)
  • Avoiding friends, social gatherings and situations where no alcohol is present
  • Feeling guilty of alcohol consumption
  • Vulnerability to mood problems, depression
  • Increased number of blackouts
  • Lack of hangover symptoms, or increased alcohol tolerance

When you feel that something’s not right with the way on how you consume alcohol, or you experience one or more of these warning signs, it is best to seek professional help to know more about how you may handle your situation.

Keeping semis safe from deadly crashes through inspection

By on Oct 14, 2015 in Semi-truck Accidents | 0 comments

In a report by CBS Wednesday, October 7, a deadly Texas truck accident killed two adults, two kids, and an unborn child after their SUV was hit by an 18-wheeler truck on a flyover ramp from Interstate 20. The car was caught under the semis and burst into flame when the semi-trailer’s tank exploded. Unfortunately, this tragic incident is widespread not just in Texas, but in the entire country as well. In fact, according to the website of the truck accident lawyers at Williams Kherkher, many fatal road-related incidents in the country have been associated with commercial trucks.

There are many possible causes of semi-trailer accidents. According to an Atlanta semi-truck accident lawyer website, mechanical defects are among the most common. To prevent tragic accidents from happening because of mechanical failure, drivers should inspect their vehicle and their trailer before hitting the road. Here are the parts that should be inspected, and the tools you should use during your inspection:

  1. Bumper and headlights – Check if low beam and full beam are functioning
  2. Engine – Use flashlight and an inspection mirror to inspect hard-to-see areas.
  3. Tires – Use air gauge to check for pressure. Do not forget to inspect your spare tire.
  4. Fuel tank – Use flashlight to check inside. Visually inspect for any leak.
  5. Air tanks – Use wrench or spanner to tighten the drain or to open it to get rid of any water.
  6. Drive shafts – Tap test to check if it produces hollow sound.
  7. Battery area – Visually inspect if connections are secured.
  8. Outside and undercarriage – Use mirror to check for hard-to-see areas.
  9. Rear lights and tail lights – Check if both lights are functioning.
  10. Doors – Visually inspect if the bolts, rivets and door hinges are secured.
  11. Inside trailer – Visually inspect if the floor is flat and bolted down, and if sidewalls are secured and have no loose panels.

As said on the website of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, inspecting your semi-trailer before hitting the road could spell the difference between safety and danger, and life and death. Make it a habit to check your big rig regularly before driving!

What you need to know about atrial septal defects (ASD)

By on Oct 13, 2015 in Dangerous Medication | 0 comments

The heart, which is responsible in pumping blood into the different parts of the body, is segmented into four chambers: the left atrium, the right atrium, the left ventricle, and the right ventricle. Deoxygenated blood first enters to the right atrium before it is pumped down into the right ventricle. The deoxygenated blood from the right ventricle then enters the lungs for oxygenation. The oxygenated blood enters the left atrium, and then the left ventricle before it is pumped out of the body.

The left and the right chambers are divided by a muscular wall called septum. Because fetus inside the mother’s womb gets the oxygen it needs through the placenta, there is no need for the baby’s lungs to oxygenize blood. To by-pass the lungs, the septum has natural holes that close immediately upon birth. When holes that connect the two atriums fail to close after birth, ASD occurs.

There are many possible causes of ASD. According to Williams Kherkher, babies born from mothers who took Zofran to fight against morning sickness were at higher risk of ASD. Exposure to tobacco, alcohol, and certain infection while inside the womb may also cause ASD. A mother who is diabetic, obese, or has suffered from lupus may have a higher chance of delivering a baby with ASD.

As said on the website of the American Heart Association, during an ASD the oxygenated blood leaks into the deoxygenated one, where it will be pumped back to the lungs for oxygenation. Most children born with ASD have no signs and symptoms until older age. However, babies with larger or multiple atrial septal holes run the risk of experiencing ASD signs and symptoms such as heart murmurs, palpitations, shortness of breath, and weakness.

Because a mix of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood surges into the lungs, individuals with ASD are also more prone to lung infections. They are also more likely to suffer from pulmonary hypertension (increased blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs), and abnormal heart rhythm, both of which may cause fatal heart attack and stroke.

When you are diagnosed with ASD, remember that this heart condition is totally manageable. Invasive treatments can be done to seal bigger atrial holes. Consult with your doctor about what you can do to manage ASD symptoms and the preparations you should undertake if ever you need to get your ASD repaired.