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Salvation Army Settles Religious Discrimination Suit
On Tuesday, the Salvation Army settled a lawsuit accusing the organization of religious discrimination. The lawsuit alleged that the organization's requirement that its employees reveal their religious beliefs and agree to act in accordance with the Christian gospel discriminated against employees of other faiths. As part of the settlement, the charitable organization will inform its New York employees "that they need not adhere to the group's religious principles while doing their jobs, nor may they be asked about their religious beliefs." The Salvation Army did not admit any wrongdoing with the settlement.
Sharon Otterman, The New York Times 03/18/2014
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Muslim Family Sues After Being Escorted From Empire State Building
A lawsuit has been filed by a Muslim family who was escorted from the Empire State Building while they were reciting prayers. The family members were kneeling and reciting prayers on the observation deck at a late hour and in an isolated spot when they were "forcibly" removed from the building. The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages, accuses the Empire State Building's management company of violating both the First and 14th Amendments.
Cheryl K. Chumley , Washington Times 03/19/2014
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Lawsuit: Woman Harassed and Fondled by Uber Driver
A lawsuit has been filed by transportation company Uber by a Chicago woman who alleges she was harassed and fondled by her driver. The woman alleges in her lawsuit that during her ride, the driver began commenting on her appearance, asked her to go out with him and repeatedly fondled her. After the plaintiff threatened to call the police, the driver made her get out of the car. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Cook County Court in Illinois.
Meredith Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune 03/20/2014
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Over 10% of ER Visits Involving Energy Drinks Require Hospitalization
More than 10 percent of emergency room visits by people age 12 or older for problems involving energy drinks are serious enough to result in hospitalization, the federal government warned this week. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said that 20,783 people visited emergency rooms in 2011 for difficulties involving the high-caffeine drinks, which are heavily marketed to youths and young adults. Eleven percent of them were hospitalized.
Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post 03/20/2014
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Claims of Dumping in West Texas Raise Oversight Questions
Allegations that a drilling equipment company illegally dumped dangerous chemicals in Ector County have stirred concerns over whether state agencies are doing enough to monitor and regulate hazardous waste in the drilling industry.
Dave Fehling, KUHF News/StateImpact Texas, Texas Tribune 03/20/2014
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