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How to choose a safe, effective addiction treatment center

With the opioid addiction epidemic on nearly every doorstep, more people need drug treatment than ever before. How can you make sure you’re choosing a safe rehab clinic that provides effective treatment?

It’s an important question. Choosing a poor quality or fly-by-night treatment facility can be risky. Not only might the treatment be unsuccessful, but you could also be putting yourself or your loved one at risk of neglect, abuse, overdose or even death.

Sexual harassment in education

Educators shouldn’t have to worry about things other than being the best teacher they can be. Unfortunately, teachers sometimes are exposed to improper conduct in the workplace. Such conduct can take many forms, including sexual harassment.

It appears that sexual harassment may be less common in education than in other workplaces. In a recent survey, 91 percent of educators who came into teaching from other fields said that such behavior was more common in those fields than in education.

How the #metoo movement in Hollywood has influenced the workplace

#Metoo. This is a hashtag that many of us recognize. Originated by Tarana Burke, the movement was an effort toward working to build solidarity among young survivors of harassment and assault. Though she started this in 2006, the hashtag came to Hollywood’s attention when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted about the movement.

Burke encourages the focus to be on people of different class and race and gender. It is important to her that the discussion is not seen as too much. She wants to show the world it matters.

MULTIPLE FEMALE STUDENTS SUE USC & CAMPUS GYNECOLOGIST FOR SEXUAL ABUSE

Seven women so far have filed civil lawsuits for student molestation and sexual abuse against the University of Southern California (USC) and its former longtime campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall. According to the complaints of the former students of the university, Dr. Tyndall routinely molested, groped, and assaulted them under the guise of gynecological exams. The complaints also state USC knew of his repeated misbehaviors and harassment, yet did nothing to correct the situation.

REHAB MOGUL CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY EXPLOITING PATIENTS

Christopher Bathum, 56, was found guilty of 31 criminal counts by a Los Angeles jury. Arrested in 2016, Bathum once owned and operated 13 rehabilitation treatment centers throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. He also owned 6 in the state of Colorado. Bathum's convictions included rape and drug dealing, as he was particularly predatory to the most susceptible addicts in the center--often cornering them and exploiting their weakest points. He manipulated and abused his role as a counselor by showing victims how to beat drug tests, partaking in drug use with patients, and offering incentives such as use of a vehicle or cell phone in exchange for sex.

THOMAS FIRE VICTIMS FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST SOCAL EDISON

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Southern California Edison, alleging the utility company sparked one of the largest wildfires in the state's modern history. Nine plaintiffs, who jointly filed the suit in December, claimed SoCal Edison's negligence resulted in the Thomas Fire, which ignited in the evening hours of December 6, 2017.

THE HIGH COST OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

In today's society, our cellphones have become a major presence in our daily lives. Whether we use them to communicate with others, stay updated on current events, or purchase something online, these devices provide a variety of useful functions that may enhance our quality of life.

THE TRUE PURPOSE OF BEING AN EXEMPT EMPLOYEE

What is an Exempt Employee?

Employees who are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are either "exempt" or "nonexempt." Exempt employees are excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded to nonexempt employees. Generally, employees who are paid less than $23,600 per year ($455 per week) are nonexempt.

3 STEPS TO TAKE AFTER THE INSURANCE COMPANY DENIES YOUR HOME INSURANCE CLAIM

Even though homeowners purchase insurance to protect their property when it becomes damaged, not all home insurance claims are paid. While the unique facts of your policy and your situation play a role in understanding the reason for a home insurance claim denial, it is important to understand that you have rights as a consumer, and that you can exercise these rights following a denied claim.

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    $250 Million

    Recovery for policyholders victimized by insurance bad faith practices following Northridge Earthquake.

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    Action Result

    $23 Million

    Judgment on behalf of a class of employees for personal injury and loss of property related to illegal working conditions.

  • Recent Insurance
    Bad Faith Result

    $4 Million

    Recovery in defense costs for insureds denied their right to independent counsel by their insurance companies.

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