October 2012 Archives

National Guardsmen from Oregon suing contractor after illness

A group of 12 Oregon National Guardsmen claim that a contractor exposed them to dangerous chemicals without their knowledge, later causing them to become sick and disabled. The plaintiffs filed a negligence and fraud lawsuit with a federal court in Portland, requesting unspecified damages compensating them for the personal injury sustained from their exposure to sodium dichromate, which is known to contain "a highly potent carcinogen."

Oregon company accused of harassment, retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against River Point Farms after receiving reports that the Oregon company discriminated against a female worker due to her sex. The EEOC alleges that River Point, the nation's largest onion producer, violated the woman's rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by forcing the employee to work in a hostile environment and failed to protect her from repeated sexual harassment perpetrated by her supervisor.

President prohibits Chinese wind farm project in Oregon

President Obama has barred a Chinese company from completing a planned wind farm project in Oregon, citing concerns about potential threats to national security. Obama issued an order instructing the company to divest all interest in the wind turbines, which were to be constructed near a naval weapons system training facility, over credible evidence that the company could take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.

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