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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.
After working her entire career at a Denver law school, Lucy Marsh discovered that she was one of the lowest paid professors in the school, despite being one of the most experienced. As a result, she filed a lawsuit against the school, which led to “years of litigation against the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law.” Fortunately for Marsh, the lawsuit finally ended on Thursday with a $2.6 million settlement for not only Marsh but for six other women as well.
Eggs aren't the only products being contaminated by salmonella at the moment. Recently, tahini pasts sold in Walmart was recalled by Ziyad Brothers Importing after state test results found traces of salmonella in the products. The recall is for Walmarts nationwide, though the Cicero, IL company noted that it “had not yet received the results of confirmation testing, but it initiated the recalls a precautionary move.”
No one should ever feel discriminated against while purchasing food in a restaurant, but that's exactly what happened to one homeless Boston, Massachusetts man back in 2015. While visiting a Burger King one morning, Emory Ellis went to pay for his meal and ended up in the back of a police car and a three-month stay in jail instead. Why? Well, it turns out he was “wrongfully accused of using counterfeit cash.” Since the incident, Ellis has decided to sue the “fast food giant and franchisee for nearly $1 million, claiming he was discriminated against because of his appearance.”
Earlier this month, three people were attacked by a pair of pit bulls near Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville. Now, one of the people who sustained injuries has decided to file a lawsuit against the owner of the pit bulls. The lawsuit was officially filed by Zagoria Law, a personal injury law firm, on behalf of Zhongkai Mao, 77. The suit names Rosa Garcia as the defendant
AT&T's mobile phone subsidiary, AT&T Mobility, recently came under fire after being accused of pregnancy discrimination. In response to the alleged discrimination, two women filed a federal lawsuit that officially accused AT&T mobility of “firing them for pregnancy-related absences in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws.” According to the plaintiffs, Katia Hills and Cynthia Allen, the company's “attendance policy, which assigns point-based demerits for late arrivals, early departures, and absences, discriminates against pregnant women.” It turns out, both Hills and Allen were terminated from their positions “after accruing points for missing work because of pregnancy-related medical care, and, in one plaintiff's case, her infant son's emergency medical needs as well.”
A massive egg recall linked to salmonella was recently expanded after more than a dozen people “reported contracting the foodborne illness after eating the popular breakfast food item.” According to the original recall notice, 35 people across nine different states fell ill with salmonella poisoning “after eating eggs that were traced back to” an April recall. At the time the April recall was issued, 22 people had been sickened and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that “more than 207 million eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms in Seymour, Ind., were being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.”
In a recent agreement to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area “and an affiliate have agreed to pay $850,000 to eight current and former employees,” according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit was originally filed by the EEOC against Goodwill and Calidad Industries Inc., after “six female janitors assigned to work the night shift at the federal building in Oakland alleged they faced routine sexual harassment by their direct supervisor.”
If you plan on visiting a California Starbucks shop or other coffee roaster or retailer in the near future, you'll likely notice something new with your order. According to a recent court ruling from a Los Angeles judge, coffee roasters and retailers “must serve up a cancer warning with coffee sold in California.” The judge, Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle, published the ruling earlier this week after determining that “other coffee sellers did not show that the risk from consuming acrylamide, a possible cancer-causing byproduct created during coffee roasting, was offset by benefits from drinking coffee.”
Nearly seventeen years after a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of 3,000 freelance journalists, settlement checks are in the mail. The lawsuit itself claimed “copyright infringement by some of the country's biggest publishers,” but now the writers who endured the lengthy legal process “will start receiving their pieces of a settlement totaling $9 million this week.”
If you're the parent of a baby and enjoy dressing them in Carter's clothing, this recall notice is for you. Recently, Carter's decided to recall “more than 100,000 three-piece cardigan sets sold in sizes newborn to 24 months” over choking hazard concerns. As it turns out, the button on the cardigan can “fall off, posing a choking hazard to young wearers.”