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Don't let discrimination ruin your career

Employment discrimination is a horrible situation for anyone to go through. Whether you're White, Black, Asian, pregnant, disabled or fall into a protected group, being discriminated against is against the law. Employers often know that what they're doing is wrong, but they hope that people won't report them or will be like-minded enough to agree with their actions.

As someone who is looking for work but having trouble getting a job, you may believe that your religion, appearance or background has something to do with it. That could be the case, but it shouldn't be. For example, if you are Muslim and wear a hijab, that is not a good reason not to hire you. In fact, if you hear discriminatory terms used against you at your interview or are asked invasive questions, you may even have a case against the employer.

Summer hazards for motorcyclists

If you take your motorcycle out in the summer, you are not alone. The number of motorcycles on the road tends to increase as the weather warms up. But it is also a dangerous time to ride your motorcycle. Summer is actually the deadliest season for motorcyclists.

That does not necessarily mean you should shy away from enjoying your bike in the warmer months. But you should certainly be aware of the unique hazards you face and prioritize your safety. Here are some reasons why there are so many motorcycle crashes in summer and what you can do to stay safe.

What are some good tips for driving in Los Angeles?

Car crashes happen frequently in Los Angeles, but that doesn't mean you have to end up in one. One of the most common causes for a crash is the stop-and-go traffic that you're bound to get stuck in while traveling through the city.

As someone who may or may not be familiar with driving in L.A., there are some tips that could help you get from point A to point B more safely.

Avoid swimming pool accidents this summer

As the summer approaches and more children have available time during the day, the number of trips to the pool will increase. Unfortunately, this may lead to increased incidents around and in the pool.

Understanding the risks and preparing for them can help to manage the risk that you and your loved ones experience. There are a few pool accident types that are most common.

Wage theft a problem for many U.S. workers

When a worker isn't paid according to the law, the employer can get into a lot of trouble. One way that employers may violate the law is through wage theft.

Wage theft refers to when an employer pays a person an hourly rate in certain circumstances but not for everything they do on the job. For example, a limousine driver described how he'd be paid while driving a client but wouldn't be paid when he was expected to clean the vehicle, get gas for the vehicle and verify the trip through paperwork. Essentially, he'd do lots of office work for no hourly pay. His wife agreed and had the same problem with the company.

Speeding is probably more dangerous than you think

Speeding is one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, speeding caused 9,717 deaths on U.S. roadways. If you want to stay safe on the road, you must keep your vehicle’s speed in check. 

You probably know to not speed in your car, truck or SUV. Still, occasionally, you may want to refresh your memory in a quest to remain safe on California’s crowded roadways. Here are four tips for keeping your speed under control:

Catastrophic medical malpractice in an urgent care facility

Lifting is one of the top workplace injuries in the United States. In one worker's case, going to a medical facility for the injury turned catastrophic due to urgent care staff negligence.

The worker strained his back in a lifting incident at work and then walked across the street to the hospital's urgent care facility for treatment.

Was a medical "Never Event" the cause of your injury?

Most of the time, receiving medical treatment saves your life and enhances your well-being. Going to the doctor normally results in you coming out better than before, or with the hope that your health will improve soon. Unfortunately, it can also result in you sustaining serious harm.

Sometimes this is from the normal risk that comes with the technical and unpredictable nature of health care. Other times it is the fault of the provider or facility acting negligently. These preventable errors that injure patients are Never Events.

Crash injuries: Impact and your body

Car crashes can involve anyone from newborns to the elderly. In the majority of crashes, people walk away with minor or moderate injuries thanks to the safety devices used in vehicles today. Sadly, not all collisions end with only temporary injuries.

When you're involved in a collision, a few things happen. First, the force of the impact throws you forward or to the side, depending on the angle of the impact. This can cause whiplash, which strains the neck.

What can you do about employment discrimination?

Employment discrimination can turn a potentially fantastic job into a nightmare. That's one of the reasons that it's so important for everyone to report when there's a problem on the job. Whether you see a female coworker face discrimination, or you're passed over for a promotion because of a disability, you need to point out when something seems wrong.

Discrimination is wrong, and there are several groups of people protected against discrimination by law. People are protected against discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability, genetic information and other differences.

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