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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sues federal government over cruise industry shutdown

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sues federal government over cruise industry shutdown

Business
April 8 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday a lawsuit against the federal government over the cruise industry shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of thousands of Floridians depend on the cruise industry for their jobs, DeSantis said at a news conference at the Port of Miami, where he announced the lawsuit while flanked by cruise employees. Advertisement "So, today's a day for us to fight for them, to fight for our friends and our neighbors, who just want to go back to work," DeSantis said at the press conference. Monica Sebata, a former employee of Cruiseport Destinations in Miami, said cruises were initially ordered to shut down for two weeks in March 2020. At that point, they were able to connect through Zoom, and they had hope things would improve, she said, b...
New Mexico sues US over proposed nuclear waste storage plans

New Mexico sues US over proposed nuclear waste storage plans

Technology
New Mexico is suing the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over concerns that the federal agency hasn’t done enough to vet plans for a multibillion-dollar facility to store spent nuclear fuel in the stateBy SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressMarch 29, 2021, 9:30 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico sued the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday over concerns that the federal agency hasn’t done enough to vet plans for a multibillion-dollar facility to store spent nuclear fuel in the state, arguing that the project would endanger residents, the environment and the economy.New Jersey-based Holtec International wants to build a complex in southeastern New Mexico where tons of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants aro...
South Korean same-sex couple sues health insurer for equal rights

South Korean same-sex couple sues health insurer for equal rights

World
SEOUL, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Same-sex couple Kim Yong-min and So Seong-wook filed a lawsuit against South Korea's national health insurance agency on Thursday over its removal of So's status as a dependent family member, a move they claim violates their rights. In February of last year, Kim, 30, registered So, 29, as his dependent under the National Health Insurance Service, South Korea's public scheme that covers almost the entire population. Advertisement Although South Korea does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions, the couple was able to register for health insurance as spouses, in what lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender advocates believe was the first such case in the country. However, their progress was short-lived, as the NHIS abruptly canceled So's dependent status in ...
Black McDonald’s owner sues for racial discrimination

Black McDonald’s owner sues for racial discrimination

Business
HandoutA former professional baseball player who was once the largest black McDonald's operator in the US has sued the company for racial discrimination.Herb Washington said the firm had denied black owners the opportunities it gave to whites, including by steering them to stores to "distressed, predominantly black" areas.He accused the company of retaliating against him after he raised concerns. McDonald's blamed his troubles on "mismanagement".In a statement, the firm said it was reviewing the complaint, adding that Mr Washington was facing "business challenges that we don't want for anyone in our system." "This situation is the result of years of mismanagement by Mr Washington, whose organisation has failed to meet many of our standards on people, operations, guest satisfaction and rein...
Amazon sues New York AG to prevent legal action against it

Amazon sues New York AG to prevent legal action against it

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Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Amazon filed a federal lawsuit Friday against New York Attorney General Letitia James to head off legal action over the company's handling of coronavirus conditions at its Staten Island warehouse last year. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York says the attorney general does not have the authority to demand legal remedies against Amazon, rather it is the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Advertisement The filing centers around former Amazon worker Chris Smalls, who organized a walkout of the Staten Island warehouse last March over not having protective gear connected with the virus and declining to tell employees that several fellow workers had tested positive. Amazon eventually fired Smalls for viola...