By: Mariella Moon
Apparently, Facebook has been offering to cover the costs of egg freezing for female employees since January 1st this year, and you know who’s following in its footsteps? Apple. The iPhone-maker plans to offer the same service to its employees starting in January 2015. According to NBCNews, these two might just be the first employers willing to pay for the entire cost of egg freezing for non-medical reasons, which means everyone qualifies for the benefit, not just cancer patients for whom the procedure was originally intended. Most likely, employers hope to encourage female staff members to stay with them even during the last few years most women can conceive (late 30’s to early 40’s), as those are also the years one typically takes on senior positions. They’re probably also betting on the move to save them recruiting and hiring costs in the long run, while keeping top talent around and promoting gender diversity at the same time. Continue reading
By: Travis Gettys
A Pennsylvania teenager insists he was only joking around when he dressed up in a Ku Klux Klan uniform and shouted a racial slur at a black woman.
Walter Reibsome appeared Wednesday in court for a preliminary hearing on ethnic intimidation and harassment charges in connection with the incident.
A judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to trial. The 18-year-old said outside court that he was not racist and harassed other students Aug. 4 at Bloomsburg University as a joke. Continue reading
By: Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
Teodulo Sanchez was driving home when an Arizona police officer pulled him over and threatened to “kill” or “shoot” him if he moved, according to a video of the incident captured last week. Immigration advocates have long charged that Arizona police officers indiscriminately pull over members of the Latino community, oftentimes using the anti-immigrant state law colloquially known as the “show me your papers” law, as justification. Continue reading
By: Brian Womack
Facebook Inc. (FB) apologized to drag queens and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community after an outcry over the social network’s policy of requiring members to use real names for their accounts on its service.
The company, which from its founding has focused on authentic identities instead of allowing anonymous activity, drew criticism after it locked out some users going by their drag names, leading to complaints that the inability to use a pseudonym could compromise individuals’ safety and privacy.
According to a statement yesterday by Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, Facebook was caught off-guard when someone reported several hundred of these accounts as fake, triggering a process that requires users to validate their names with some form of identification, like library cards, mail or gym memberships, which can be difficult for those who go by pseudonyms. Continue reading
By: Martha Neil
A well-known rap artist isn’t just narrating video advertising for a Kentucky personal injury law firm.
Winton & Hiestand is also branding its services with whatAbove the Law describes as Master P’s “trademark grunt.”
Spelled UGHH! on law firm billboards, which feature the heading “HURT? MAKE EM SAY UGHH!,” the unique Master P sound can also be heard about 18 seconds into a video promoting the Louisville firm. Continue reading