Tag: Workplace Hazards and Violations

Warehouse Fire Was Source of ‘Putrid’ Odor in California

For a week after the blaze, residents of communities along the waterway had no information about the source of the odor, the lawsuit says. Local officials speculated about the cause of the fire. In early October, Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes of Carson said that the gas was from a “leaking pipeline.” Monique Alvarez, 40, a plaintiff […]

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Federal Scrutiny of Cuomo Widens to His Office’s Treatment of Women

Federal prosecutors have broadened their scrutiny of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to include a civil rights investigation after the New York attorney general’s office concluded that he had sexually harassed female employees and fostered a toxic work culture. In a letter to state officials on Aug. 12 before Mr. Cuomo officially left office, the […]

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Report: Rampant Sexual Harassment in Australia’s Parliament

MELBOURNE, Australia — Men strutting down corridors looking women up and down. Women carrying fake binders to block unwanted advances. Forcible touches, kisses, comments about appearance. Fears of speaking out. A sweeping review of the workplace culture in Australia’s Parliament paints a damning picture of widespread sexual harassment, with employees sharing harrowing stories of an […]

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Ifeoma Ozoma Blew the Whistle on Pinterest. Now She Protects Whistle-Blowers.

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed a bill to expand protections for people who speak up about discrimination in the workplace. A new website arrived to offer tech workers advice on how to come forward about mistreatment by their employers. And Apple responded to a shareholder proposal that asked it to assess how […]

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Cuomo’s Office Undermined Health Department, Top Doctor Testifies

Routine work by the state’s disease experts — even something as mundane as preparing a flyer explaining the ins and outs of quarantine and isolation — had to be cleared by what Dr. Dufort refers to as “the chamber,” shorthand for the “executive chamber,” as the governor’s office and top advisers are often called in […]

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Assembly Finds ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ Cuomo Engaged in Sexual Harassment

An eight-month impeachment investigation of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo by the New York State Assembly found “overwhelming evidence that the former governor engaged in sexual harassment,” reinforcing the conclusions reached in a damning report by the state attorney general. In a 46-page report released on Monday, the Assembly Judiciary Committee also found that Mr. […]

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Bobby Kotick, Activision’s C.E.O., Faces Calls to Step Down

A group of workers at Activision Blizzard, the maker of well-known video games like Call of Duty, called for the company’s chief executive, Bobby Kotick, to step down on Tuesday because of accusations that he did not respond to claims of sexual misconduct from employees. More than a hundred employees protested at the company’s studio […]

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Biden Vaccine Mandate Challenges Moved to Appeals Court in Ohio

WASHINGTON — A federal judicial panel on Tuesday assigned the appeals court in Cincinnati to handle at least 34 lawsuits that have been filed around the country challenging the Biden administration’s attempt to mandate that large employers require their workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing. A court clerk for […]

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Appeals Court Extends Block on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Employers

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has kept its block in place against a federal mandate that all large employers require their workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing starting in January, declaring that the rule “grossly exceeds” the authority of the occupational safety agency that issued it. In a […]

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Jon Gruden Accuses N.F.L. of ‘Character Assassination’ in a Lawsuit

Jon Gruden, who resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders last month after The New York Times published details of emails in which he had made homophobic, misogynistic and racist remarks, is suing the N.F.L. and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, for what Gruden’s lawyers contend was a plot to smear his reputation and ruin […]

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Outside COP26, Trash in Glasgow Piles High

GLASGOW — In Gaelic, “Glasgow” translates to “dear green place,” a nod to the parks, gardens and flourishing green spaces throughout the city. But according to Chris Mitchell, who was a garbage collector there for more than two decades, the only thing flourishing in Glasgow these days is “a mountain of waste.” As diplomats at […]

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The Courts Have It In for American Workers

Workers are flexing collective power in major strikes, workplace actions and organizing drives, as they are forced to fight battles that labor won decades earlier: over workplace safety, an eight-hour day, vacation, sick leave, a living wage, health care and retirement security. But even as workers build power and wield it, we are blocked by […]

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Cuomo’s Last Stand: What He and His Accusers Told Investigators

Over the course of an 11-hour deposition, Andrew M. Cuomo wanted to make a few things clear. He was the type of governor who often showed concern about the well-being of his employees, both male and female, as well as their romantic lives and their health. He said that yes, he often kissed and hugged […]

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Hindu Sect, BAPS, Accused of Using Forced Labor at Temples Across U.S.

A prominent Hindu sect that operates a New Jersey temple raided by federal authorities earlier this year is facing new accusations that it forced hundreds of low-caste workers to labor at worship sites across the United States under dangerous conditions for little pay. In a lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court and amended last […]

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The ‘Rust’ Shooting Spurs a Debate Over Using Guns on Film Sets

Ever since the actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot the cinematographer of the film “Rust” last month with a gun he had been told, incorrectly, contained no live ammunition, the debate on the use of firearms on sets has been growing. Dwayne Johnson — the action star whose production company has made gun-filled films like the […]

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US Urges Court Not to Block Vaccine Mandate on Employers

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday argued that the federal government had all the power it needed to require large employers to mandate vaccination of their workers against the Covid-19 virus — or to require those who refuse the shots to wear masks and submit to weekly testing. In a 28-page filing before the […]

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What to Know About the Robert Sarver Racism and Sexism Allegations

Sarver and the Suns have also been the subject of critical reporting by ESPN before. In 2019, ESPN reported that the Suns had “no discernible direction” and described Sarver as an “interventionist owner with more authority than expertise.” What does the ESPN report say about racism? The report paints a picture of a meddlesome owner […]

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Covid Deaths Are On the Rise Again in Nursing Homes

So, No. 1, we need to strengthen people’s rights. No. 2, we need a public option: a viable public takeover plan for when the industry and the market are failing, to step in and take back the facilities. In lieu of us having a viable plan, the market and the industry will never fix themselves […]

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OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate: Your Questions Answered

Corporate America has entered the next phase of its effort to counter the spread of the coronavirus. Companies of 100 or more employees have until Jan. 4 to ensure all their workers are either fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing and mandatory masking. The measure was announced by President Biden in September, and details […]

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How Tyson Foods Got 60,500 Workers to Get the Coronavirus Vaccine Quickly

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — When Tyson, one of the world’s largest meatpacking companies, announced in early August that all of its 120,000 workers would need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or lose their jobs, Diana Eike was angry. Ms. Eike, an administrative coordinator at the company, had resisted the vaccine, and not for religious or […]

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Lawyers for ‘Rust’ Armorer Say Gun Was Unattended Before Deadly Shooting

The lawyers for the armorer on the film “Rust” — who has been under scrutiny since Alec Baldwin fatally shot the movie’s cinematographer with a gun that was not supposed to contain live ammunition — said in interviews on Wednesday that the gun was left unattended on a tray for about two hours on the […]

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In a ‘Workers Economy,’ Who Really Holds the Cards?

At 3M, a multinational manufacturing company based in Minnesota, internal polling showed that 87 percent of employees valued flexibility in where they could work; in August, while the Delta variant was spreading, the company announced a new approach to remote work that lets employees set their own terms on when to come to the office, […]

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Military Grants Few Coronavirus Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, where thousands of workers who interact with patients were supposed to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 8, officials have taken a dim view of such exemptions. Since the department issued a vaccine mandate for its 115,000 frontline health care workers this past summer, about 88 percent of the 380,000 […]

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Military Grants Few Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, where thousands of workers who interact with patients were supposed to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 8, officials have taken a dim view of such exemptions. Since the department issued a vaccine mandate for its 115,000 frontline health care workers this past summer, about 88 percent of the 380,000 […]

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Another Apple Worker Says the Company Retaliated Against Her

Apple has disputed the charges made by the employees. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s human resources chief, told employees in a September meeting viewed by The New York Times that the company tracks pay and closes wage disparities whenever they are found. And Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, framed the conversation as a battle over rooting out […]

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Lawyer for ‘Rust’ Assistant Director Says Checking Gun Was Not His Job

A lawyer for the assistant director on the film “Rust” — who law-enforcement officials said had handed a gun to the actor Alec Baldwin before it discharged a live round that killed the cinematographer — said in an interview on Fox News Monday that it was “not his responsibility” to check the weapon. The assistant […]

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Nigeria Building Collapse Kills at Least 4 With Many More Trapped

NAIROBI, Kenya — A 21-story building under construction crumbled on Monday in Lagos, Nigeria’s financial capital and Africa’s largest city, leaving what workers said were as many as 100 construction workers trapped and at least four dead in the latest structural failure in a rapidly expanding metropolis. The collapse occurred at about 2 p.m. in […]

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What the Anti-Vaccine Mandate Protesters Actually Want

On Sunday, the deadline for New York City’s municipal workers to get vaccinated against Covid went into effect, resulting in an immunization rate of 91 percent for police officers, firefighters, teachers and so on who will be forced to go on unpaid leave if they haven’t complied with the mandate. Among those who will continue […]

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Sexual Assaults Are Worsening a Crisis at Rikers, Jail Officers Say

One female correction officer was attacked and choked by a man who had been convicted of sexual assault. Another, a veteran officer who had worked at the Rikers Island jail complex for more than 15 years, was groped as she escorted detainees through a crowded vestibule. A male officer said a detainee had grabbed his […]

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‘Rust’ Armorer Has ‘No Idea’ How Live Rounds Got on Set, Lawyers Say

Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the set of the film where Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer last week as he rehearsed with a gun he was told had no live ammunition, issued a statement Friday defending her adherence to safety protocols and saying that she did not know how live rounds wound […]

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