Covid-19

Reality TV star, socialite, and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West is currently facing criticism for allegedly mistreating and failing to pay her employees overtime wages. Seven of West’s employees, who clean and maintain her California home, filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court presenting a series of claims including retaliation, violation of child labor laws, and failure to report employement to tax authorities. According to Frank Kim, a Los Angeles attorney, the plaintiffs shared that they were not “given mandated meals and breaks, provided a means to record all their hours, were not paid all their overtime wages,” and…
Recently, 117 employees of Houston Methodist in Texas filed a lawsuit over the vaccination mandate the hospital system put in place. In March, Houston Methodist offered $500 to employees who chose to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. They also stated that at some point vaccinations would be a requirement and set a June 7 deadline for all employees to get vaccinated. Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse at Houston Methodist, began a petition against this policy and is now leading the lawsuit against the hospital system. According to a recent CBS News article, the lawsuit argues that mandating the vaccine “requires…
Whenever a family comes together to mediate a conflict the willingness to show up to mediate needs to be acknowledged as a brave first step. Each family member who shows a willingness to take a risk and have a conversation has already taken a step towards resolution even before the conversation begins. That willingness is something the mediator will want to help members build on as they take incremental steps forward. Problem-solving tools are perfect for building on that willingness. In the previous post we talked about taking away mom’s car keys when her car is showing signs that her…
With COVID-19 vaccination rates increasing and cases trending downwards recently, the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is getting brighter. Many New Yorkers are eager to return to a pre-pandemic lifestyle. However, not everything will look the same. For instance, your employer could require you to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to work. EEOC weighs in on mandatory vaccinations The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently provided vaccination guidance for employers across the U.S. The agency said that employers can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, employers requiring vaccinations must also provide reasonable accommodations for workers who cannot…
For the last year, personal and social responsibility have weighed heavily on the minds of Americans amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic. Social distancing, and other safety measures, left individuals in hovels, ruminating on the simple joys previously taken for granted and conceiving of ways to shirk responsibility at the first moment’s notice. As state and local economies open up following vaccination efforts around the country, many see this as an opportunity to capitalize on those impulsive urges. Reopenings mean that while people may be in search of opportunities to go buck wild, they will also be headed back to the…
With the arrival of summer, young people across the country are about to reach a key milestone: high school graduation. If you have a child claiming their diploma, now is the time to prepare them for life after leaving the nest. Graduating high school is a significant accomplishment. However, it comes with serious responsibilities that your child probably isn’t thinking much about right now. Once your child turns 18, they become a legal adult, and specific areas of their lives that were once under your control will be solely their responsibility. While your child will now be a legal adult,…
Joshua Payne-Elliot worked as a teacher at a cathedral school for 10 years in Indiana. In 2019, Joshua was fired from his position because he got married to someone of the same sex. The archdiocese believes that same-sex marriage is against their religion, and therefore should not be promoted (nor supported) within their school system. Joshua believes he has been the target of discrimination based upon his sexual orientation. Joshua sued the archdiocese in the court case Joshua Payne-Elliott v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Inc. The court case was recently dismissed on May 7, 2021 because the court…
Last week we looked at the secret sauce of mediation…the shift that the process is designed to support as parties move off of their hardened positions to identifying the things that are important to them each, their “interests.” We looked at the situation where mom’s car has some unexplained dents and the adult children don’t agree on what should be done…take away mom’s car keys are let her keep driving. The children have different concerns; one doesn’t want mom to become isolated if she gives up the car, the other doesn’t want anyone to get hurt because of mom’s driving.To…
All points in the green portion are Yoruba towns that historically constitute Yorubaland in West Africa. All fingers are not equal. (Yoruba proverb) There is a Yoruba proverb, “Ika ko dogba,” meaning the fingers are not equal. The saying is typical Yoruba, underscoring our ethos of uniqueness of the individual. Yoruba mythology posits that every individual on the eve of their birth picked out their “ori” which holds their unique destiny. No person can alter the course of an individual’s destiny which they uniquely selected by themselves. Ori means head, which of course houses the brain. Ifa, traditional Yoruba religion…
Mediators come to the table looking for a shift in perspective by the parties. They’re not going to say that up front, maybe not at all. But that is the secret sauce of mediation…giving the parties enough space and time to be heard, and to listen, to create an opening for new perspectives and new solutions to take hold. When I run workshops on how mediation works I like to use the dilemma of whether we should take away Mom’s car keys to illustrate the possibilities. Mom’s car has a few unexplained dents and Mom’s not saying anything about it.…
Last year, a teacher at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida was removed from her position after hanging a Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag outside her classroom. Lee was a segregated, whites only school until 1971. Since then, important work has been done at the school and within the community to combat the deep-seeded racism that is part of the school’s history. A recent NPR article provides one example: “. . . a student group called the EVAC Movement, focused on reframing Black youth in Jacksonville from “at risk” to “at hope,” met with then-President Barack Obama in 2016…