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News And Thoughts On The Law In Portland

Can I be fired because of my mental illness?

So many people in the United States suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. When mental health issues are severe, they can be classed as a disability, just as any physical ailment or condition could be seen as a disability.

If you have a disability, regardless of whether it is mental or physical, you have certain protections under the law. You will consequentially be protected from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Additionally, this means that you cannot be fired because of your mental health issues.

You should never tolerate sexual orientation discrimination

If you are an employee, it is likely that you try to be friendly toward other workers and get to know more about their personal lives. Learning more about the interests and the lives of coworkers is a way to build a strong team and to develop a sense of camaraderie among employees.

While you might feel some level of social pressure to share more about your personal life at work, you never have the obligation to do so. In addition to this and perhaps more importantly, if you do share personal details such as your gender identity or sexual orientation, you should never be discriminated against as a result.

Oregon kids at risk for bicycle collisions with autos

While bicycling is a milestone for many kids and great for outside play, children are still often at risk of being in a bicycle accident.

Many of today's adults grew up in an era where nobody wore helmets when bicycling. But research has shown the error of a generation's ways, as it's been proven that wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the likelihood of serious injury by as much as 78 percent. In fact, wearing a helmet that fits your head properly is the best way to avoid any head injuries from biking.

Being deaf is a protected disability under employment laws

People who are deaf or hard of hearing have every right to be able to support themselves. In fact, laws in this country specifically forbid employers from discriminating against employees based on a disability. Not having hearing that falls within normal parameters is considered a disability in these cases.

Those who fall into this category should be provided reasonable accommodations at work so that they can do their job duties. Employers are forbidden from using a person's status as deaf or hard of hearing as a reason not to hire the person or for taking adverse employment actions. Unfortunately, there are some instances in which these individuals might have to deal with this atrocious behavior.

What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrians need to know what it takes to remain safe at all times, regardless of the areas they walk on their daily routes. Pedestrians frequently walk to and from their vehicles at shopping mall parking lots. They also cross crowded city streets on the way to the office. Each time pedestrians set out on foot they are at risk of getting struck by distracted, impaired or negligent motorists.

There are things pedestrians can do to prevent these type of accidents, which can maim or kill them. It's vital to for them to pay attention to what's going on around them and remembering to always cross the street using crosswalks.