Justice Department Settles with Cooler Production Company to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims
The Department of Justice announced today that it reached a settlement with Igloo Products Corp., a company that produces coolers, jugs and hydration products, based in Katy, Texas. Instead, Igloo reserved its seasonal production helper positions for workers with H-2B visas based on their immigration status. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), employers generally cannot discriminate based on citizenship, immigration status or national origin at any stage of the hiring process. The Civil Rights Division’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. The statute prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing or recruitment or referral for a fee; unfair documentary practices; and retaliation and intimidation.justice.gov
Truck driver gets minimum of 16 years in crash that killed 5 Las Vegas bicyclists
An Arizona box truck driver who plowed into bicyclists on a stretch of Nevada highway last December, killing five and injuring four, was sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 16 years in Nevada state prison for driving under the influence of methamphetamine causing death.news.yahoo.com
He told cocaine traffickers a bribe would clear their charges. Now he’s headed to prison for scamming them.
James Morris Balagia, known as "DWI Dude," was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for pocketing money from drug traffickers he represented that he falsely claimed would be bribes to officials for favorable treatment in their cases.washingtonpost.com
Some Texans use 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup trucks to power homes amid winter storm
Randy Jones of Katy, Texas used his 2021 Ford F-150 to power space heaters and other appliances throughout his home when he lost power earlier this week during the winter storm. When Randy Jones of Katy, Texas, bought his new Ford F-150 pickup truck a few weeks ago, he didn't think he'd be using it to keep the lights on in his house during a historic winter storm that left millions without power. The 2021 hybrid's onboard generator "gives you the ability to use your truck like a mobile generator" that can produce up to 7.2 kW of power, according to Ford. When he lost power Sunday night, he decided to get out a few extension cords and put the generator to the test. "Quite a few of the neighbors said, 'Hey, I'm getting one,' like, 'I'm trading my Dodge or GMC,' because, South Texas, with hurricanes and things like that, we're always having power outages."cnbc.com