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Facebook accused of racial discrimination

With more than 2.6 billion active users, Facebook is easily the world's largest social media platform. The tech giant has had more than its share of controversies, however. The latest erupted a few days ago when a black Facebook employee filed a racial discrimination complaint against the social networking service.

"We have a black people problem," said Oscar Veneszee Jr. after filing the complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A Navy veteran, Veneszee recruits people of color and other veterans to work for the social media platform. He says that despite Facebook's diversity hiring efforts, it has "failed to create a culture . . . that finds, grows and keeps black people at the company."

Survey: LGBT workplace discrimination still common in Wisconsin

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that the federal sex discrimination protections in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extend to gay and transgender employees. The court was clear that businesses cannot discriminate against those workers in matters such as hiring, firing, pay, promotions, training, scheduling and the like.

While the court's decision was enormous, a recent survey shows that much work lies ahead in the struggle to end workplace discrimination against LGBT workers in Wisconsin.

What can I do when my long-term disability benefits end early?

When you’re receiving long-term disability benefits, you may be surprised to discover a sudden reduction in your payments. Even worse, your benefits may be terminated altogether. It’s important to understand what options are available if you find yourself in this type of situation.

How much does long-term disability benefits cover?

A severe injury has taken you out of the workforce, and, now, you are worried. Your family depends on your income to keep the household running. While you have been diligent in creating an emergency fund of six months’ expenses, you prepared in another important way. You have a long-term disability insurance policy.

Even with all that planning, doubts and fears linger. And you wonder just how much money you will get through your long-term disability insurance policy. Will it be enough? How long will it last? The questions are nearly endless as you ponder the next steps, and that includes tightening your budget and a few family meetings.

Making sure you get long-term disability benefits

Long-term disability insurance is in place to protect workers and provide the financial support they need to pay for medical costs and living expenses if unable to work due to serious ailments. A medical emergency such as heart surgery, a traumatic brain injury from an accident or long-term sickness such as cancer, asthma, multiple sclerosis and depression qualify you for long-term disability insurance.

Many scenarios exist that qualify you for obtaining long-term disability from a private insurance company. And many complicated steps take place in order to successfully obtain these benefits, which has rules governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Because of such rules, employers and insurers think they have advantages and the swift ability to deny disability insurance claims. Do not let this happen to you.

Ending workplace racial discrimination is part of the struggle for justice

In the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody, protesters have for days taken to the streets of Milwaukee and other major American cities to demand an end to racial injustice. The strength in numbers and the persistence of the protesters has prompted a number of companies to declare solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and vow to improve diversity and end racial discrimination in the workplace.

What the world needs now . . .

Today's riots mark one more turning point for the civil rights of all Americans. On June 11, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation on the most pressing domestic issue of that day and today: the struggle to affirm civil rights for all Americans. Lamenting that 100 years had passed since the abolishment of slavery, and 2000 years since the new covenant was established by the Holy Trinity, Kennedy described racism as a moral issue that required legislation to correct: "The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated".

FedEx settles disability discrimination lawsuit

FedEx's most affordable shipping service has agreed to pay a stiff price to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit. FedEx Ground has agreed to pay $3.3 million and make company-wide changes as part of the settlement.

The shipping giant was accused of denying reasonable accommodations to deaf and hard-of-hearing package handlers. FedEx Ground also discriminated against deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants for package handler jobs, the lawsuit stated.

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