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Gym Turns Away Muslim Woman With Head Covering
A gym in Albuquerque, N.M. is facing a lawsuit after refusing to let a Muslim woman wear her religious head covering when she tried to work out. The lawsuit was filed over a 2011 incident at the Planet Fitness gym in which the woman was prevented from using the gym while wearing the head covering. The lawsuit, filed under the New Mexico Human Rights Act and the Unfair Practices Act, asserts that the woman was denied entry based on her religious affiliation or her race.
Wire Report, Seattle Post-Intelligencer 03/20/2014
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Lawsuit Challenges Policies of Veterans Charity in Texas
A lawsuit has been filed challenging a home building charity in Houston, Texas for wounded veterans. The lawsuit was filed after the death of a veteran in Texas revealed the charity's policy for repurchasing the home's of deceased veterans. According to the lawsuit, the charity is able to repurchase the home of a veteran who had lived in the home less than 10 years before his death. In the case that triggered the lawsuit, the veteran's home was valued at $168,000 but was purchased back by the charity for $50,000.
Kevin Reece, KHOU-TV 03/18/2014
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Woman Files Lawsuit Alleging Health Discrimination
An investigation has determined that a woman from Helena, Montana has grounds to file a lawsuit alleging her employer discriminated against her because of her health condition. The lawsuit alleges that the woman's employer, an architecture firm, "cut her hours and eliminated her medical insurance benefit in March 2013 because she disclosed she was pregnant and recently diagnosed with MS." The lawsuit seeks an undetermined amount of damages.
Eddie Gregg, Billings Gazette 03/18/2014
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Down the Drain: Who’s Watching Chemicals Used in Oil Drilling?
A case of alleged dumping of possibly thousands of gallons of chemicals into Odessa’s sewer system has local officials wondering who’s supposed to police the drilling industry. Earlier this month, the confusion appeared to continue over who’s regulating the drilling industry when Ector County brought a civil lawsuit against Roywell Services Inc over illegal dumping of chemicals. Roywell Services Inc. “provides multiple services to drillers across Texas and Louisiana including cementing, hydraulic fracturing, acidizing” as well as “acid reclamation,” according to the company’s website.
Dave Fehling, StateImpact Texas, Texas Tribune 03/21/2014
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