Religious Discrimination Brought to Public Attention Once More as Muslim Drivers Fired for Refusing to Drive a Truck Full of Beer Win Lawsuit

Back in 2009, two Muslim Somali-American truck drivers lost their jobs because they refused on religious grounds to deliver consignments of beer. Recently, a jury in Illinois awarded the two former drivers with the Star Transport company $240,000 in damages, after a US District Court Judge found in favor of the men back in March. MahadAbass Mohamed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale, who were represented in their case by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, were given their verdict in just 20 minutes when the jury convened on the 20th of October to determine their damages.

In light of this case, broadcaster Megyn Kelly of Fox news courted some controversy by comparing the case to that of Christian Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who served a brief prison sentence after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples on religious grounds. The argument was that the Star Transport case suggests that the government is willing to ‘pick and choose’ which religions to support in equal rights cases, with the Muslim men winning their case and Christian Kim Davis being penalized for observing her religion. Fox News is known for being a conservative area of the media, however this case has drawn attention in both liberal and conservative spheres.

On What Grounds Were The Truck Drivers Awarded Damages? Under Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is the duty of an employer to make allowances for the religious beliefs of their employees, as long as this does not present an unreasonable issue in terms of their business. Given that it had been demonstrated that drivers working for Star Transport regularly swapped and covered each other’s work, the judge determined that there was no good reason to deny requests from the Muslim drivers not to be required to move consignments that conflicted with observing their religion.
How Does This Compare With the Kim Davis Case? While the rights of employees to observe their religion are protected by the Civil Rights Act, in the case of people who are elected into official roles, like Ms Davis, some of these rights are legally waived in order that they can serve all of the people in their area properly. A legal expert from Columbia University was asked on NPR about the Kim Davis case, and said that her role as county clerk was simply to verify that couples who planned to marry met the state requirements to do so, and that her views on same sex marriage should therefore have been irrelevant.

Additionally, others have argued that in the case of the two truck drivers, who lost their jobs, or of gay couples in Kentucky who were not granted their legal right to marry, something real had been taken away from them, whereas all someone opposed to gay marriage was losing by complying with a law that permits it is losing a concept.

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The Chinatown Bank Fraud Investigation from 2009

The financial collapse of 2008 brought down numerous financial institutions – not to speak of the millions upon millions of people’s lives that were permanently destroyed or harmed in the process. In the aftermath of the collapse, many people failed to recover their past financial and occupational stances, but most financial institutions weathered the storm.

Surprising to many, practically no banks or financial institutions that contributed to the crash were indicted or convicted of wrongdoing. Among institutions that were not deemed “too big to fail”, however, a different set of rules applied. The Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a predominant lender in New York City’s Chinatown, was one of the exceptions.

The Discovery
After a Chinese couple proceeded through the motions of obtaining a loan for a house in 2009, Abacus’ problems became apparent. It was discovered that an employee had pocketed several thousand dollars in the process, which led to a collapse in the closing of the deal and an internal investigation within the bank. The couple filed charges with the police, which initiated a criminal probe. Despite the bank’s sterling reputation as an entity with abnormally-low default rates on mortgages and loans, it was uncovered that the bank had been falsifying financial loan application documents and misrepresenting clients’ positions with federal lenders.

The Foundation The need for community banks in areas with large immigration populations is immense, for a number of reasons. Traditional financial institutions do not make efforts to determine creditworthiness among those without traditional credit profiles. Many immigrants – citizens and otherwise – operate within the cash-only economy. Many, such as the customers of Abacus Federal Savings Bank, do not speak English and therefore rely upon the assistance of community banks. It was these conditions, unfortunately, that led to the unraveling of the bank. The individual responsible for direct customer theft was the only person at the bank who could speak the specific dialect of Chinese that the couple spoke, and the need for credit by those without traditional assets and credit precipitated the bank’s need to forge financial information on behalf of its clients.

The Resolution
In 2012, New York prosecutors announced 184 different charges against the bank, alleging that two of its supervisors and nine of its employees had broken the law. Fraud of customers and fraud in selling Fannie Mae millions in unverified loans were the primary focus of the inquisition. Three years later, the bank and its former loan supervisor were acquitted of all charges in the state’s Supreme Court. Three months later, the remaining employees facing charges were also acquitted due to lack of evidence.

While laws were allegedly broken in the case of Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the financial institutions that perpetuated similar frauds on a scale of magnitudes larger were never touched by such charges. This led to significant media criticism about how smaller banks – particularly those without the regulatory or financial clout to influence the political process – have been targeted for the crimes that larger institutions are inevitably guilty of on a much larger scale.
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Law Firm Public Relations

We have many different Public Relations today and most of them are for example:

1. Relation with the medias

Medias today play a big role in our everyday life and we can’t imagine our day without television or Internet. This is a good thing for lawyers. They can, for example, become very popular with showing themselves on television. In this way they become very popular and when someone has a problem on the court they can easily find a lawyer. And this is an excellent example why public relations are good for people who have a public life.

2. Relation with the market

People need to make acceptable prises for market. All must to be adapted to consumers. That means that lawyers must have acceptable prises for their services.

3. Relation with the authorities

all the things that people do in media must be told to the authorities, and they are very important for every company.

Public relationis a discipline that creates and that is trying to maintain a reputation. The goal is to achieve understanding and support. Public relations are based on mutual understanding between organizations and the mutual peace and cooperation. Every company needs to be on a good vice so they don’t need any bad events. Public Relations are very popular in today’s world, especially among young people. Even the individual colleges have established departments that teach our children how to communicate with the public. There are also many courses where not only the young but also the old could easily adopt the material.

It has considers that the communication with the public was teaching since ancient times when people needed some motivation to work, and they were people who needed to motivate the most of people.   There appeared people who had intended to persuade and to lead the mass of people in the right way- so slowly established communication with the public.Excellent progress to talk with the public relations was found printing in the 15th century.

To lawyer office is very important relation with public what is responsible of PR law. Only in this way they can attract a lot of attention to themselves because there are a lot of such firms and the market is really big. And then appear people who cannot decide which firm to choose.
We have so many educated and high-quality lawyers who simply cannot get through on the big stage. The problems usually occur because of poor marketing. They simply cannot obtain new customers and in this way they stay in the same place. Simply they were not taught how to communicate with the public, and talking to the public is the key of success. The first thing you can do is set a low price and so will attract plenty of customers.The main thing is to guarantee a good job and only after that you can make people to remember you and this is the easiest way to learn how to communicate with the public.

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