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Holidays are stressful times for dogs

As we rush headlong into the holiday season, it's a good idea to review how we interact with others' pets when we're visiting. Likewise, if you are a pet owner, it's also wise to give special consideration to the arrangements you make for your own pets when guests are in your home.

Religion is a protected employment class

Religion is a topic that can unite some and drive conflicts between others. Whether an Illinois resident chooses to follow a particular church or faith, or elects to live their life according to secular principles, there is bound to be someone who disagrees with their approach to spiritual living. Under the law men and women in the United States are free to decide what religion, if any, they wish to follow and subsequently they may not be penalized in their jobs for the decisions they make with regard to this important topic.

Can children be liable for their own dog bite injuries?

Many parents take extra precautions when they are out with their small children and see dogs off their leashes. Though some Illinois dog owners take their responsibilities seriously, others fail to properly train and restrain their pets to prevent them from causing harm to others. Children are common victims of dog bites and dog attacks because they are small targets for aggressive animals and are often drawn to the seemingly fun appearance of active animals.

Racial discrimination still present in American workforce

The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s forced Americans to take a hard look at how certain populations were being treated in the nation's plight to secure equality for all. As a result, many pieces of federal legislation were passed in an effort to address previous wrongs and to level the playing field for, among others, women, those over 40, and individuals of color. In Illinois and throughout the nation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provided a springboard for many claims of discrimination that were arising from places of employment.

Proving negligence to prevail on a personal injury claim

Negligence happens more often than individuals may want to admit. It happens when a driver chooses to look at their cell phone instead of the road in front of them. It can happen when an Illinois store employee ignores a wet patch of flooring and chooses not to clean it up. It occurs when a doctor fails to review all of a patient's symptoms and makes a diagnosis based on incomplete information.

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