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Nationwide McDonald's strike meant to fight sexual harassment

Organizers say that last week's nationwide strike against McDonald's restaurants was the first strike protesting sexual harassment in over 100 years. Hundreds of workers in at least 10 cities rallied in an effort to hold McDonalds more accountable for the culture in their restaurants.

In May, 10 McDonald's workers filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after their male supervisors allegedly made unwanted sexual advances and retaliated against the women who complained.

Driver education with exposure to real injuries may help teens

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of accidental death among U.S. teens, accounting for one out of three accidental deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partly that is due to teen drivers' inexperience, which makes it more difficult for them to respond effectively during an emergency. They often risk distraction by using their phones while driving, or by driving a group of teen passengers. Sometimes they just take risks.

There are many factors that make traffic crashes such a danger for teens, and many initiatives have tried to convince teens to be more cautious and avoid known risks. Recently, Baylor University in Texas tried a new tactic -- bringing teens on tours of the emergency room, the intensive care unit and the morgue.

Survey: Gender, seniority are major factors in workplace harassment

The specialty insurer Hiscox has just released its 2018 workplace harassment study, and it found that 35 percent of U.S. employees have experienced workplace harassment. That number rises to 41 percent among women. Of those who said they had experienced harassment, half said it was because of their gender. Moreover, 78 percent said they had been harassed by a male, and 73 percent said their harasser had been someone in a senior position.

The study surveyed 500 U.S. adults who were employed full time. Half were men and half were women. Here are some of the findings:

Should I be worried about falling air conditioners?

At one time or another, every New Yorker has gazed up upon 50 to 100 poorly propped window air conditioning units and felt a deep fear for life.

As the summer starts to wind down and more and more people begin removing their air conditioners, the fear of getting bludgeoned by one may be a very reasonable concern.

US on track for 40,000 traffic deaths this year

Despite various improvements in roadway and vehicle safety, the U.S. is on track to reach nearly 40,000 traffic fatalities in 2018, according to preliminary numbers from the National Safety Council. Based on statistics reported by each state, the Council estimates that 18.720 people died on U.S. roads between January and June.

The estimate is in line with a trend of high traffic fatalities that has continued for several years. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of fatalities jumped from just over 35,000 to over 40,000. Last year, the number leveled off at around 40,000, and it seems this year will hit that mark, as well.

What kinds of ad targeting discriminate against people 40 and up?

According to the EEOC, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination against people aged 40 and over in any aspect of employment. That includes discrimination anywhere in the hiring process, including in advertisements and job notices and pre-employment inquiries.

The EEOC states that ADEA-compliant job notices and ads may not include age preferences, limitations or specifications except in those rare circumstances in which these can be shown to be "bona fide occupational qualifications" that are reasonably necessary for the normal operation of the business.

We must do more to prevent accidents involving drunk pedestrians

"We want to help everyone get home safely," says the executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). "Humans are always going to make an error. It shouldn't cost them their life."

Deaths among intoxicated pedestrians is a rising concern. Between 2007 and 2016 -- a period when other traffic deaths were dropping -- overall pedestrian deaths increased by 27 percent. Distraction and inebriation are important contributors to that trend, according to federal data examined by the nonpartisan journalism outline Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The number of female CEOs at top-tier companies is declining

Among the publicly traded companies included in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index, only 4.8 percent of the leaders are women -- and that percentage is going down. Part of that is because the overall number is quite small. There are now only 24 female chief executives in the index.

Indra Nooyi announced her departure as CEO of PepsiCo on Monday. Earlier, Denise M. Morrison, head of Campbell Soup and Irene Rosenfeld of Mondelez International both stepped down. Meanwhile, only one new female CEO has been appointed: Kathy Warden of Northrup Grumman.

Are women's brains more susceptible to injury than men's?

In 2017, the results of a decade-long study of soccer players by a Northwestern University professor were released. It found female soccer players at a greater risk of suffering concussions than their male counterparts. Previous research had already shown that women report symptoms of concussions more often than men. Are women more susceptible to concussions or other brain injuries -- or are they simply more likely to report symptoms?

The question has been up for some debate in academic circles, and a new study may shed some light on the question. The study, recently published in the journal Radiology, compared MRI images of the brains of 49 male and 49 female soccer players for any changes attributable to the mild blows to the head players experience when heading the ball.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects many women's rights

Being a woman in the workplace can have significant challenges. Although positive strides have been made to end discrimination against women in various industries, there are still unfortunate incidents of discrimination, even in New York.

One common form of discrimination against women involves pregnancy. Though starting a family is an exciting time, some employers can use this against you.

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