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.


Supreme Court Asked to Hear Age Discrimination Case

Discrimination appears in many forms, and for many older Americans, ageism is a real thing, especially for those trying to find a job. More and more older Americans are having a hard time even getting a shot at an interview, prompting some to raise questions like “can a job applicant sue an employer for discriminating against older workers?” Well, one Atlanta man did. Richard Villarreal sued the R.J. Reynolds company when the company failed to give him a response to an application he submitted. However, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Villarreal, and now the Supreme Court is being asked to hear the case. Depending on how they rule, it could become “tougher for older workers to prove age discrimination” when turned down for jobs.


Popular Polaris ATVs Recalled Amid Safety Concerns

The weather is finally beginning to warm up, which means more and more people will be enjoying fun outdoor activities. However, if riding around on an ATV is your cup of tea, you might want to tune into a recent recall issued by Polaris Industries Inc.


Clothing Company Sues Ivanka Trump’s Firm For Unfair Competition

It seems President Trump isn’t’ the only one under fire these days. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, is now being accused of “improperly leveraging the power of the White House for private profit” by the San Francisco-based clothing company, Modern Appealing Clothing. According to the lawsuit filed by the clothing company last week, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC is has been “exploiting the power and prestige of the White House for personal gain” by promoting products at government events.


Trump Administration Preparing New Executive Orders To Tackle Free Trade

President Trump made it well known during the campaign what he thought about our many free trade agreements and even said on a number of occasions that “our free trade has led to a lot of bad things.” Now that Trumpcare has been put on hold for the foreseeable future, our president seems ready to tackle all 14 of our free trade agreements, and is actually, according to senior administration officials, “preparing new executive orders to re-examine the free trade deals as well as government procurement policies.”


Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Case of Mistaken Identity

In a case of mistaken identity, a man filed a defamation lawsuit that made its way all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court after being dismissed by “a Wayne County judge and an appeals court” back in 2015. Unfortunately for the man, identified as Keith Todd, the state Supreme Court also ruled against him last Friday. But what exactly happened to prompt Todd’s decision to file the lawsuit.


Iowa House Passes Bill That Will Shorten Time For Discrimination Lawsuits

New legislation passed in Iowa last Monday that will effectively “shorten the deadline for filing discrimination lawsuits in the state from two years to 90 days.” The legislation in question sailed through a Republican-controlled House on a vote of 58-39 and is awaiting final approval in the GOP-controlled Iowa senate.


“Snowflake Test” Weeds Out Certain Millennial Job Applicants

It’s not uncommon for eager job applicants to have to endure a personality test of some kind upon applying for a new job. However, one US company is putting a new spin on things with their self-proclaimed snowflake test aimed at weeding out “overly sensitive, liberal candidates who are too easily offended.” It seems this particular company is looking for a specific type of candidate, and certain members of the millennial generation may not fit that bill. But what does this new test entail?


Despite Ethics Concerns, Trump Hotel Lease Deemed Ok

Despite ethics concerns, the federal government has issued a ruling claiming President Trump’s latest Washington hotel is in fact NOT in violation of the lease. The ruling came as a surprise to many who pointed to a clause in the lease agreement that states “no government official can be a party to it.” But should we really be all that surprised? After all, Trump oversees the organization that holds the lease to the Trump International Hotel, the General Services Administration (GSA), so he pretty much became the landlord of his own hotel when he was sworn in.


OK Food, Inc. Recalls Nearly 1M Pounds Of Breaded Chicken

Over recent months, there have been many food recalls due to a number of different concerns. Now another has joined the fray. Recently, nearly one million pounds of breaded chicken has been recalled by OK Food, Inc. due to reports about metal objects being found in the ready to eat chicken products. According to a notice issued by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the recalled chicken that has been shipped to stores across the country “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal.”


Monsanto Faces Hundreds of New Cancer Lawsuits

Soon after a California judge required a cancer warning to be displayed on the popular weedkiller, Roundup, in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Monsanto is suddenly finding itself knee deep in cancer lawsuits. The lawsuits are being filed over the health risks associated with glyphosate, a chemical classified by the WTO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “probable human carcinogen.”