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Congressional rule bans discrimination against LGBTQ staff

Individuals often look to the federal government for guidance and clarity on how best to manage the many laws and policies that govern Americans everyday life. The world is forever changing, and it can be hard for Illinois residents to stay ahead of the many important social, economic, and political movements that drive change in their communities. It is therefore to the government that many look for an example of how to approach living justly in this country.

The federal House of Representatives recently set a historic example for the nation when it passed an internal rule to ban discrimination against individuals of the LGBTQ community who wish to work in its hallowed halls. Individuals who fall into this population are often protected by state laws but are not currently included in any federal anti-discrimination in employment legislation that applies to the federal government. The move ensures that individuals who wish to serve members of Congress in the House of Representatives may do so regardless of their inclusion in the LGBTQ population.

How can scaffolds be dangerous to construction workers?

In order to construct the homes, businesses, and other structures that Illinois residents see throughout their communities, construction workers must erect supports that allow them to reach higher to finish their building projects. These supports are often called scaffolds or scaffolding, and scaffolds can be made out of wood and other building materials. Generally, scaffolds are temporary structures that workers may use to reach further or higher than they would otherwise be able to from the ground.

Through this definition a reader may be able to surmise some of the ways that scaffolds cause injuries to workers. One way that workers can be hurt by scaffolds is when those scaffolds collapse while the workers are on them. A collapsing scaffold may cause a worker serious injuries or death due to their trauma. Any workers who are under or near a collapsing scaffold may also suffer harm if they are in the path of the falling structure.

How to recognize sexual harassment in the workplace

Inappropriate sexual conduct or even improper words used within one's workplace may constitute sexual harassment. When an Illinois resident feels threatened or harassed by such behaviors, they may be the victim of illegal employment actions. They may wish to discuss their workplace struggles with attorneys who support harassment victims and advocate for their rights.

Sexual harassment is not a single action or behavior. It can be inflicted upon any worker, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment also does not only occur between supervisors and their subordinates; a sexual harassment victim may suffer at the hands of their co-workers or others who operate within their places of employment.

What should I do after a motor vehicle crash?

Imagine you were catastrophically injured in a car accident due to no fault of your own. Maybe you were the passenger in the vehicle of a drunk driver. Maybe you were a driver struck by a recklessly driving and distracted motorist. Whatever the reasons that caused your injuries and damages, if they weren't your fault, it's important to determine who's to blame and start preparing your case for damages.

To ensure that you put your best foot forward in court, there are some vital steps you'll want to take immediately after the collision. Hopefully, you're well enough to carry out these steps yourself, but if you're not, enlist a family member or personal injury attorney for support. Here's what you'll want to do:

Helping you get back on your feet after a personal injury

Personal injuries can result from different types of accidents. Individuals who regularly read this Illinois-based personal injury blog may know that automobile accidents, animal bites and attacks, slips and falls, and other types of negligence-based incidents can leave victims with serious physical and emotional harm. After suffering a personal injury, it can be hard for a victim to pick themselves up and get their life back on track.

The Law Office of Van-Lear Eckert is dedicated to serving individuals who have suffered losses because of personal injury accidents. With compassion and knowledge, attorney Eckert and his legal team explain legal issues to their clients, offer them options for addressing the wrongs they have suffered, and inventorying the damages that they incurred through becoming personal injury accident victims.

What is the EEOC?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws throughout the country. When an Illinois resident experiences discrimination on the job or during the process of applying for a job, they may file a complaint with the EEOC to investigate the matter. The EEOC is charged with enforcing many laws, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Individuals who have experienced discrimination at work generally must file their complaints with the EEOC in a timely manner. They cannot wait months or even years to bring their claims, as most matters must be filed within 180 days of when the discriminatory act occurred. If a person was subjected to ongoing harassment and discrimination while on the job, their timeline may be somewhat different.

Serious injuries can result when spinal cord is damaged

The spinal cord is a grouping of nerves that run through a human's spinal column. The spinal column is a set of bones that surround and protect the spinal cord and help it avoid damage. When an Illinois resident suffers an injury to their spinal cord, they may experience a host of detrimental symptoms.

Spinal cord injuries can result from a number of causes. Vehicle accidents, falls, and incidents involving violence can lead to damage to this important part of the body. When the spinal column breaks and the spinal cord is affected, then a victim may lose sensation and the capacity to move the parts of their body that are below the site of their harm.

What makes an employment termination wrongful?

Losing a job or getting laid off can be devastating news for an Illinois resident who has a family to support. Finding a new job is not easy for anyone, and for many, losing a job can also mean losing benefits and dipping into savings that were not intended to be spent. Changes in the economy can lead to layoffs and terminations that workers cannot control, but certain terminations do not fall under these generally accepted forms of firings.

Any termination that is based on discrimination is generally not acceptable under the law. Certain personal characteristics and qualities, such as the religion a person chooses to practice, their gender, or their ethnicity cannot be the basis of their release from employment. When employers fire their employees because of these and other classifications, the employers have likely committed the tort of wrongful termination.

Going snowmobiling? Here are some safety tips

Illinois winters can be downright brutal. But there is still fun to be had out in the white stuff. Snowmobiling is a fun winter outdoor activity for many Illinois residents.

Yet, it is not one without many significant dangers, and those who go snowmobiling should be aware of the hazards that they may encounter on the slopes. With that in mind, let's go over some common-sense snowmobiling safety tips that can keep you and your family safer while enjoying this exhilarating winter activity.

Strict liability applies to Illinois dog bite cases

The holidays are coming and when they do Belleville residents will travel to the homes of the people they love in order to celebrate with them.

Seeing relatives and friends can be special, but entering the home of someone else can mean entering the territory of a household pet that is unsure of how to act around new people. Not every dog is welcoming to visitors and unfortunately not every pet owner is prepared to protect their guests from the actions of their four-legged friends.

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