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Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith
Brianna Smith is a freelance writer and editor in Southwest Michigan. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Brianna has a passion for politics, social issues, education, science, and more. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the simple life with her husband, daughter, and son.
It's hard to imagine that the holidays are nearly upon us. For many parents, that means it's almost time for Christmas shopping. However, because toy recalls occur frequently, it's important for parents to be aware of what toys are and are not safe for their little ones. A quick glance at the news or Consumer Product Safety Commission's website is a good way to find information about any current recalls, such as the one recently issued by Kids Preferred Toy Company. Yesterday the toy company recalled “more than 587,000 children's toys...because of a wind-up attachment that could pose a choking hazard.”
Jessica Alba's Honest Company is back in the news. This time, instead of being sued by angry customers, the company has decided to file a lawsuit of its own. Against who, though? Well, it turns out there is another company out there offering natural products, particularly hemp products, and the Honest Company claims it is “trying to bogart Alba's trademark.” The company in question is Honest Herbal, and the lawsuit against it was filed in federal court in California late last month.
Fox News and CNN aren't the only news outlets under fire for discriminating against employees. Yesterday, four female employees of the Detroit Free Press filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper and Gannet Co., it's owner, alleging “they have systematically received lower pay than their similarly situated male peers.” Additionally, it also alleges that Gannet Co. and the Free Press “violated the federal Equal Pay Act and the state civil rights law, which bars gender discrimination, by disparately compensating women while they do equal work with the same skills as comparable men.”
As parents, we can never be too careful about the products we use with or around our children. From cribs and strollers to baby gates and car seats, there are so many products on the market nowadays to help keep children safe. The last thing any parent would expect is for one of these products to malfunction or pose a safety hazard. Alas, safety recalls are more common than many realize, and just recently one was issued for a popular car-seat manufactured by “Diono, formerly known as Sunshine Kids Juvenile.”
After being accused of discriminating against a pregnant employee, Polaris Guam, otherwise known as Verona Resort and Spa, has responded to a “lawsuit filed against them for pregnancy discrimination, denying the allegations and claiming the pregnant employee wasn’t fired but that she quit on her own.” The lawsuit against the resort was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in District Court earlier this year on behalf of the “former employee who was allegedly fired because she was pregnant.” So what happened?
After spending time in police custody in Columbus, Ohio, a father of three passed away, prompting his family to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the police division. At the moment the lawsuit is “alleging that excessive police force contributed to his death,” and is “seeking more than $2 million.” But what happened? Most people don't die after being kept in police custody.
It's never easy losing a loved one, especially when it's sudden and unexpected. Unfortunately for one woman, she had to experience the heartache of losing her husband in a tragic work accident. However, instead of getting lost in her grief, she filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her husband's employer. Now, years after her husband's death, Mary Kriete-Green of Fontana, Wisconsin has agreed to “a nearly $6 million payment from the companies involved in the death.”
A mental health hospital in Fulton, Missouri, as well as the state of Missouri, is under fire in a new lawsuit alleging workplace discrimination. According to the lawsuit filed by Jerome Morgan, a Jamaican native and employee at the mental hospital, “he was assigned to tougher jobs and called racist names because he is black.” At the moment, he is seeking $25,000 in damages. However, Morgan's case is only one in a series of many discrimination cases “brought by state workers, including a recent decision that could award $2 million to a female employee of the Missouri Department of Corrections.”
Can you imagine being sentenced to prison for a crime you didn't commit? Unfortunately, wrongful convictions happen from time to time, subjecting normal, every day people to long prison sentences for crimes like theft, arson, and even murder. For example, Joseph Sledge spent “37 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.” Now he's set to receive $4 million after Bladen County and insurance companies agreed to settle a lawsuit that Sledge filed against the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. But what happened? How was he found guilty and imprisoned for nearly four decades?
Do you remember the “Fearless Girl” statue staring down the Charging Bull on Wall Street? Since it's installment, “Fearless Girl” has stood as a symbol of female equality and empowerment, which is why some find it a bit ironic that the firm behind it, State Street, is set to “pay millions of dollars to women employees who say it treated them unfairly.” Some of the allegations, in particular, came from female employees who claim they were paid “less than their male counterparts."