More Than 150 Employees Leave a Houston Hospital After a Judge Dismisses a Lawsuit Over Vaccine Requirements

More than 150 employees at a Houston hospital system who refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine have been fired or resigned after a judge dismissed an employee lawsuit over the vaccine requirement.

A spokesperson for Houston Methodist hospital system said 153 employees either resigned in the two-week suspension period or were terminated on Tuesday.

The case over how far health care institutions can go to protect patients and others against the coronavirus has been closely watched. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S. But it won’t be the end of the debate.

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A Former Line Cook Is Suing Spago for Discrimination

An ex-line cook at Spago has filed a lawsuit against his former employer in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful termination, retaliation, a hostile work environment and failure to pay overtime.

Kevin Peralta said he was hired in 2013 and employed as a line cook for more than six years. In the lawsuit filed Thursday, Peralta alleged he had never received negative feedback or performance reviews but was terminated shortly after he requested leave for the birth of his daughter and began to complain about workplace violations.

A representative from the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group declined to comment about the lawsuit.

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Civil Rights Groups Call on Lawmakers to Address Amazon’s Worker Surveillance System

Civil rights groups are calling on lawmakers and regulators to crack down on Amazon over its system of monitoring workers’ pace. 

More than 35 civil rights organizations signed a letter Monday urging action. The letter was released the same day of Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sale, which activists have criticized, arguing it increases pressure on workers. 

“It is time for lawmakers and regulators to step-in and end the punitive system of constant surveillance that drives the dangerous pace of work at Amazon,” the groups wrote, according to a copy of the letter shared with The Hill. 

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Emory Medical School Formally Apologized to a Black Man for Rejecting Him 62 Years Ago

The Emory School of Medicine formally apologized to a doctor on Thursday, 62 years after denying his application because he is Black.

When Marion G. Hood applied to Emory’s medical school in 1959, the director of admissions wrote him a letter rejecting him because of his race and saying the school would return his application fee. The school would accept its first Black student four years later in 1963, according to Emory University.

More than six decades later, he received a letter sent in March from the school apologizing that they had not accepted him on the basis of his race, The New York Times reported.

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The Family of a Copilot Who Died in a WWII Plane Crash Is Suing the Air Show Host

The family of a copilot killed in the crash of a World War II-era plane in 2019 in Connecticut is suing the foundation that hosted the air show.

The civil suit by relatives of Michael Foster is the fourth that has been brought against the Massachusetts-based Collings Foundation, an educational group, after the deadly crash at the Bradley International Airport, the Hartford Courant reported on Wednesday.

Foster was one of two pilots flying the four-engine, propeller-driven B-17G Flying Fortress bomber with 13 people on board at a traveling vintage aircraft show on Oct. 2, 2019. The other pilot, Ernest “Mac” McCauley, reported a problem with one of the engines shortly after takeoff, and the plane crashed into a maintenance building and burst into flames after striking the runway lights during a landing attempt.

Seven people were killed in the crash, including Foster, who was 71 at the time.

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The Justice Department Has Settled a Lawsuit With North Carolina Dental Offices Over HIV Discrimination

The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement to resolve a claim that Night and Day Dental Inc. discriminated against a woman with HIV in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

Night and Day Dental operates nine dental offices throughout North Carolina. This settlement is part of the department’s Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative (initiative), a partnership of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney’s offices across the nation to ensure that people with disabilities, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, who have HIV and who have mobility disabilities, have equal access to medical services.

Title III of the ADA prohibits dentists and other health care providers from discriminating against people with disabilities, including HIV. Following an investigation, the department found that Night and Day Dental discriminated against a woman with HIV when it refused to accept her as a new patient because of her HIV status. The patient was seeking routine dental care, including a cleaning and check-up. In addition, Night and Day Dental has a policy of requiring certain bloodwork results from patients with HIV before deciding whether to provide dental care, when in fact requiring such results is not medically necessary or recommended. 

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A Jury Is Deciding If Immigration Detainees Should Be Paid Minimum Wage

A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation’s biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state.

Democratic Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the Florida-based GEO Group in 2017, saying the company had unjustly profited by running the Northwest detention center in Tacoma on the backs of captive workers.

A separate lawsuit filed on behalf of detainees was also filed that year, seeking back pay. Tacoma-based U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan, who rejected several attempts by GEO to dismiss the lawsuits, consolidated the cases for trial, which he conducted via Zoom because of the pandemic.

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The US Park Service Is Being Sued Over the Decapitation of a Ugandan Humanitarian

The family of a women’s rights activist from Uganda sued the National Park Service this month after she was decapitated last year by a gate at Utah’s Arches National Park.

The gate had been left unlatched against federal policy for two weeks before it struck Esther Nakajjigo in June 2020, according to the lawsuit filed in Denver.

She and her husband were newlyweds traveling in the well-known park when the wind caught the gate as they drove out, Fox13-KSTU in Salt Lake City reported.

The lawsuit does not specify the amount of damages being sought, but Nakajjigo’s family has previously filed a $270 million notice of claim. Notices of claim must be filed ahead of lawsuits against government agencies and the lawsuit was filed June 8 in federal court.

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The Mall-Owning Company Washington Prime Group Files for Bankruptcy

Mall owner Washington Prime Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to temporarily close some of its roughly 100 shopping centers across the United States and businesses were unable to pay its rent.

The company’s estimated assets ranged from $1 billion to $10 billion as did its estimated liabilities, according to a filing made in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Reuters was the first to report that the Columbus, Ohio-based company, formed in 2014 following a spin-off from mall giant Simon Property Group Inc, was preparing to seek bankruptcy protection.

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The Widow of a Murdered Police Officer Sues New Mexico’s Department of Public Safety

It’s been four months since New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott was killed during a traffic stop in February near Deming. His widow has just filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming her husband died because of the department’s negligence.

Gabriella Jarrott filed the lawsuit against the state’s Department of Public Safety on behalf of her children and as the representative of Jarrott’s estate. The death of 28-year-old Ofc. Jarrot continues to be a story about a young father and husband gone far too soon.

Officer Jarrott was killed on February 4 on Interstate 10 near Deming, by Omar Felix Cueva during a traffic stop. “They didn’t even give Officer Jarrot a fighting chance,” said the attorney for the Jarrott family Sam Bregman.

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