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The Still Lasting Effects of PCBs and their Connection to Monsanto

You can dodge a bullet and live; you can even get hit by a bullet and live if you can get it out fast enough. There are chances that you can survive a motor vehicle crash; there have even been survivors of things as catastrophic as plane crashes. But how do you defeat a villain that comes at you from the inside out – like a toxin that seeps into your system and then starts causing problems for your body? That is exactly what Polychlorinated Biphenyl Compounds (PCBs) do – and has been doing since the 1930s. It took the United States Congress almost 50 years to ban operations of the main plant responsible for the manufacturing of PBC-producing material, Monsanto, as the court ruling banning it only took place in 1979. Its effects are still widely felt today. In 2013, it was appointed by court ruling that a Missouri jury may be able to decide on whether the harmful chemicals caused a certain kind of cancer. There have been several links, studies, and legal claims that have attributed Monsanto PCBs with a certain kind of cancer. More specifically, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a cancer that starts by attacking the body’s immune system, otherwise known as the body’s very first...

Workplace Discrimination based on Gender: A Concern for Business Owners and Employees

In 1964 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created to enforce laws against abuses, discrimination and harassment in the workplace; it started to enforce the Civil Rights Act that was passed into law on the same year and is presently tasked in making sure that all employers observe all present state and federal laws against the same concerns. Workplace discrimination, against which the Civil Rights Act protects both current employees and job applicants, can be based on race, color, religion, national origin and sex. Sexual discrimination and harassment are among the most prevalent abusive and unlawful acts committed in the work environment. The American public’s full awareness on the reality of sexual discrimination at work came only in 1991 when a sexual complaint was filed against a Supreme Court nominee. This event led to polls and studies which showed that many women, indeed, have experienced (and continue to experience) unwanted sexual advances and discriminatory acts by managers or senior co-workers in the workplace. According to the EEOC, sexual discrimination involves unfavorable treatment of a job applicant or an employee due to his/her gender, sexual affiliation /inclination to a group or an organization of people of a certain sex, or to his/her being a transgender, a gay or...
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