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Change in perspective on workers could lead to age discrimination

Sometimes a person in Belleville can spend years or even decades at a company only to find the company is "downsizing" and has laid them off. Especially if the person is an older worker, they may find that it is hard to obtain a new job following such a layoff. When hiring workers some companies advertise that they are looking for people with "adaptability." However, this can be interpreted as they are looking for younger workers, and may even constitute age discrimination.

According to a survey conducted by AARP, just under 65 percent of workers reported they had either witnessed or been subjected to age discrimination at work. Moreover, another study reports that when it comes to hiring, older applicants were less likely than younger ones to receive call backs. This was particularly true if the applicant was an older woman.

Motorcyclist injured in auto accident in Belleville

Motorcyclists in Illinois may be enjoying the weather the fall season has to offer, whether they are going on a scenic ride or simply commuting to and from work. However, it is important for motorists to pay attention to their surroundings, and this includes keeping an eye out for motorcyclists sharing the road. Motorcycle awareness is important, as motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries.

A motorcyclist was sent to the hospital recently after being involved in a collision with an automobile on West Main Street in Belleville. According to one witness, the front of a car struck the motorcyclist. The witness said there was a crunching sound as the motorcyclist slid sideways on the road. The witness reports that the motorcyclist maintained consciousness following the crash. According to the witness, the motorcyclist had a bloody leg, as well as road rash.

What protections do whistleblowers have under Illinois law?

We would like to think that the people we work for are ethical and will always do the right thing, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Sometimes employers in Illinois engage in conduct that breaks the law. When that happens, an employee might want to stand up for what's right, and report their employer's illegal conduct to the appropriate government authorities. However, the "whistleblower" may fear their employer would retaliate against them if they found out that the whistleblower was the one who reported the illegal conduct. Fortunately, Illinois law protects employees in these situations.

Under Illinois law, employers cannot make any rules that prohibit a worker from reporting illegal conduct to the appropriate authorities if the worker has reasonable cause to think their employer broke the law. Moreover, employers cannot retaliate against workers who report the employer's illegal conduct either to the appropriate government agency, in court, before a legislative committee or in an administrative hearing, if the worker has reasonable cause to think their employer broke the law. Also, employers are prohibited from retaliating against a worker who refuses to engage in illegal activities.

You deserve justice after an injury

There are countless types of minor injuries that we can experience throughout our lives. From falling down and scraping our knees to accumulating bruises from bumps and nudges, most of these injuries will heal and not present any long-term consequence. There are more serious injuries, however, that can affect a person for the rest of their life or, tragically, end a life completely. When these types of accidents and injuries happen due to the negligence of another party, justice must be sought.

These situations do not come in one specific type. Auto accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, animal bites, medical malpractice, slip-and-fall injuries - all of these and more represent instances where another's negligence and oversight can cause significant harm. Unfortunately, these injuries present consequences that are much more severe than a scratch or scab.

Class accuses Wells Fargo of failing its own diversity scorecard

According to a recent class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo, the company "maintains a diversity scorecard which it uses to control hiring demographics via a quota system." Quota systems are of dubious legality at best, and the class claims the system isn't working.

The lead plaintiff says that after he was promoted as part of a "plan to increase diversity among [Wells Fargo's] store managers," he mostly experienced discrimination, retaliation and, ultimately, wrongful termination. He is African-American.

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