Spreading Rumors About Sleeping With the Boss Is Sex Discrimination

It is hard enough for women employees to get promotions at the same rate as their male counterparts. It’s even harder when those promotions are followed by rumors that the woman must have slept her way to the top, rather than earning them on their own merit. In less than two years, Evangeline Parker was …

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Chicago’s ‘Bubble Zone’ for Abortion Clinics Upheld

Abortion has always been a controversial topic, and much of the pro-life/pro-choice debate has taken place in public forums like marches, demonstrations, and other protests. And some pro-life advocates have taken their message straight to medical clinics and facilities, much to the chagrin of women’s health care providers. In response, some states, counties, and municipalities …

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Federal Judge Blocks Employers From Opting Out of Birth Control Coverage

At the eleventh hour, one judge in Philadelphia blocked employers from opting out of providing birth control coverage to employees. The Trump Administration, specifically the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury, issued new federal laws in October 2018, allowing business and nonprofits to opt out of offering birth control through …

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Iowa’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Struck Down

Ag-gag laws are intended to muzzle the voices of undercover journalists and animal rights activist looking to expose certain unethical practices in the agricultural community. Often, these journalists and activists use false pretenses in order to gain their employment, and then go rogue once inside the organization. The Iowa government wanted to criminalize this conduct, …

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Politicians Can’t Block Voters on Facebook, Court Rules

Politicians give up some personal rights as elected officials, and one of those is blocking haters. Though blocking those that challenge your viewpoints on Facebook is tempting and acceptable by the general public, that’s not the case for politicians, according to one court. Another key take-away from this decision: a social media page can be …

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Google’s Face Scanning on Android Photos Doesn’t Violate Privacy

Facial recognition software is all the rage these days, from unlocking your iPhone to unlocking doors at your place of business to allowing you access to theme parks with your season pass. As creepy as biometrics often seems to the general public, it is not a violation of privacy. Google won a major biometrics lawsuit …

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New Yorkers Need Permits to Carry Guns in Public, Judge Rules

New York may be ready to legalize nunchucks, but not carrying guns in public. A district court judge upheld New York’s current concealed-carry law, New York State Penal Law Section 400.00 (2)(f), which requires petitioners to show “proper cause” for the need to carry a loaded firearm outside the home. Though plaintiffs claimed this amounted …

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