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Maryland Superintendent Files Racial Discrimination Suit
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A racial discrimination lawsuit has been filed in Maryland by a school superintendent from Queen Anne's County. The woman filed suit against the school board alleging they demonstrated a pattern of "discriminatory, hostile, and retaliatory treatment" against her. Among the lawsuit's claims is that the board failed to condemn a high-ranking administrator who made derogatory comments about Black people. A discrimination complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was filed last month.
Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun 01/15/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Conservation Groups Seek Protections for Whales From Ship Injuries
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Conservation advocates have filed a lawsuit seeking to expand protections for whales and calves from being struck by ships. According to the conservation groups, the marine fisheries service has failed to respond to a petition in 2012 which sought seasonal protections for the animals against ship injuries.
Doug Fraser, MetroWest Daily News 01/18/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Hospital Mail Room Manager's Lawsuit Claims Racial Harassment by White Colleagues
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A Black employee of a North Carolina hospital has filed a lawsuit alleging she was subjected to racial harassment at work. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was forced to quit her position as mail room manager after enduring harassment by her white supervisor and colleagues. The plaintiff accuses her employer, Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville, of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as several state equal protection laws.
Hayley Fowler, Asheville Citizen-Times 01/18/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Oil and Gas Company's Lawsuit Against Deceased Workers Dismissed
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A lawsuit filed against two New Mexico oil and gas workers who died after being electrocuted on the job has been dismissed. The lawsuit was filed against the men by their employer, COG Operating LLC. The oil and gas company filed suit against the men and a subcontractor for damage to the property following the electrocution. Eddy County District Judge Jane Schuler Gray dismissed the lawsuit after it was determined that neither of the workers had a representative that could be served. The lawsuit against RT Trucking and Sunbelt Rentals will continue.
Adrian Hedden, Albuquerque Journal 01/18/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Personal Injury

 
Florida Department Releases Report of Injuries at Theme Parks
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On Friday, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released a report detailing injuries at a number of the state's theme parks. Universal Orlando, Disney World, Legoland, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens routinely self-disclose incidents involving visitor injuries or illnesses. However, an investigation last year found that the parks' accounts of the events often leave out or misrepresent details. Included in the most recent report was one incident of a teen girl suffering a seizure at Universal Orlando.
Gabrielle Russon, Orlando Sentinel 01/15/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Colorado Town Sued After Police Officer Fatally Shoots Off Duty Deputy
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The town of LaSalle, Colorado is facing a lawsuit over the death of an Adams County deputy by a LaSalle police officer. The wrongful death suit was filed by the widow of the deputy who was fatally shot one year ago after a police chase. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver on Friday states that the off-duty deputy was involved in the pursuit of another driver. When the deputy exited his car following the chase, he was fatally shot in the head by a police officer.
Logan Smith, Denver CBS 4 TV 01/18/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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