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Sexual Harassment Claims End Bill O’Reilly’s Career at Fox News

Multiple women over more than 2 decades have accused Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment at work.  The host of the O’Reilly factor – the hit Fox News prime-time show – has paid millions of dollars in settlement funds to women and has confidentiality agreements to keep the women from sharing their stories.

Ultimately, scandal after scandal Fox News had enough and decided to terminate Bill O’Reilly despite recently renewing his contract for 20 million dollars per year and being the network’s top talent.  O’Reilly stands to get a year’s worth of pay for his departure.

The Rupert Murdoch and sons – (Fox News owners) are veering the network in a new direction after parting ways with long time head Roger Ailes and and  O’Reilly amidst other sexual harassment allegations.

The  sudden departures of long time employees like O’Reilly and Ailes stem from a workplace apparently rampant with sexual harassment.

Fox News wanted to distance themselves from any liability and has severed ties with their star of over 20 years.

Gender equality and sexual harassment are issues that all people should pay attention to at the workplace.

A source close to the scandal said that “O’Reilly would have been fired years ago if it was someone else.”

Sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation based upon reporting sexual harassment are illegal under state and federal law. If sexual harassment is occurring to you or someone you know report it and contact an employment attorney to help you better deal with the situation.  Workplace inequality and  asexually charged work atmosphere are unacceptable and should not be tolerated in 2017.

 

United Airlines Makes Room for Employees and Drags Doctor off Plane

Passenger brutally dragged off United flight from Chicago, IL, to Louisville, KY, to make room for employees.

Despite the harsh nature of the passenger’s treatment United acted legally and within the law, the controversy here is on the airlines response and justification of its actions.  Public outcry and support for the airline has been widespread.

The main question is should employees take precedent ofver customers.  Perhaps in some circumstances where here it was apparent that if one of its employees could not operate another flight in the near future the great harm would be to the business, not one customer.  Here, the airline’s response initially and after the incident was shocking and outrageous.  The passenger was “belligerent” says Oscar Munoz, United CEO, in a letter to employees shortly after the April 10, 2017

United’s CEO Oscar Munoz justifying the heartless reaction – said that “we need to get facts and circumstances” and that  “our initial responsefell short of expressing how were feeling”.

According to Gov. Chris Christie -United Airlines runs 80% of flight traffic out of Newark International Airport.  United Airlines seeks to put employees in front of other customers at almost any expense.   Later footage shows the Doctor saying that he wants to go home and to “just kill me” — thats how many feel with United in control of most flights at Newark International airport.

Passengers say United  initially offered $US400 and then $US800 in vouchers and a hotel stay for volunteers to give up their seats – yet no one budged.

 

This is what ensued.

Judge Neil Gorsuch sworn in as newest Justice of the SCOTUS

Justice Gorsuch brings balance to the Supreme Court and restores it to 9 justices.  Justice Neil Gorsuch sworn in on April 10, 2017 to the SCOTUS.

President Trump’s biggest accomplishment of his first one hundred days is by far having his pick for the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals approved and sworn in.  Gorsuch fills a vacancy left open by the sudden passing of the late conservative justice, the great Antonin Scalia.  Gorsuch looks to adjudicate several high-profile cases on a docket that is sure to be full of interesting cases that affect millions of Americans.

Gorsuch, 49, is the youngest Justice on the court and looks on the bench for decades to come.

 

Speculation now swirls about the possibility of another Trump appointment to the Supreme Court.  Justice Kennedy (above) is 80 and may step aside during the current administration.  There is always the possibility of other Justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg seat becoming vacant in the near future.  Constitutional conservatives and Americans of all walks of of political life will now await and see what Judge Gorsuch’s putative Supreme Court jurisprudence will be like.    How will he rule on important issues facing Americans, in employment, health care, regulations, environmental protections, religious liberties, gun-control, abortion, individual privacy rights and net neutrality to name a few.   We can only wait and see what happens under the new SCOTUS.