Immigrants and Discrimination in Employment

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Discrimination | 0 comments

Many foreigners continue to believe that the US is the land of opportunity, where anyone can make it big. This has fueled their determination to immigrate into the US so that they too can make it big. Unfortunately, it is not at all easy to immigrate into the US, and even if you get there, there are still many challenges to face.

According to the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC website, the first step to immigrating to the US is to obtain a Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551), otherwise known as a “green card.” It is called that because it was green until 1964, and it proves that the holder is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) with the attendant benefits such as the right to live and work in the US. However, unless you are an executive transfer or a very special worker, it will not be easy to get a green card without the help of a competent immigration lawyer.

Once you succeed in getting a green card, you will still have to deal with discrimination in employment. As pointed out on the website of The Melton Law Firm, any kind of discrimination in the workplace should not be tolerated. Immigrants, however, are especially vulnerable to this because they may not be aware of their rights.

The US is made up of many 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants, but that does not make it easier for newcomers to fit in. In order to protect the rights of LPRs as well as temporary residents, refugees, and asylees, Congress has enacted the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to ensure their equal treatment in terms of recruitment, promotion, compensation, and termination. In other words, employers are prohibited from rejecting applicants because of their nation of origin.

If you are having immigration and employment problems, you should contact the appropriate lawyer to help you out. An immigration attorney can help you through the immigration process, while an employment lawyer would be appropriate if you feel discriminated as an immigrant worker.

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Why you need A Water Filtration and Softening System in your Home

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Water | 0 comments

The water in Texas is hard. According to the American Water website, this means that it contains a significant amount of dissolved minerals such as magnesium, copper, even iron. It usually does not matter if it the water supply is from a deep well or the city reservoir; the water is basically the same anywhere in areas like Texas. Most people don’t realize that their water is hard, or what harm it can do to the home.

Hard water does not pose a danger to human health unless the ground water has been contaminated or there is a leak in the pipes that lets in harmful pathogens. However, it does lead to some problems at home such as cleansers that do not foam or appliances that use water that easily break down. Signs of hard water include water spots in glassware, yellowish stains on clothes, unsightly rings around drains and toilets, dry hair and skin, and clogged drains.

The yellow tinge on clothes and stains on water fixtures and sink are due to the dissolved manganese or iron in the water. They can be well nigh impossible to remove without expensive and probably toxic chemicals.

Clogged pipes and dry skin and hair can be attributed t the accumulation of these minerals to form a scale. In water pipes in the home or appliances, they are a yellowish-white deposit that can be hard as rock and can only be removed effectively by replacing the pipes, often by hiring a professional.

People who have lived in Austin all their lives accept these things as a fact of life, but in fact they can do something about it. Water filtration and softening systems are designed specifically to minimize these effects in homes. It requires some investment to purchase and install these systems but they will pay for themselves in the long run.

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How Criminal Charges Can Affect Your Child Custody and Visitation Rights

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Criminal Charges, Family | 0 comments

It is not really surprising that criminal charges can affect your child custody and visitation rights. After all, it is in the child’s best interest to be protected from criminal elements. However, not all criminal charges are considered prejudicial to a parent’s right to custody and visitation rights. Non-violent crimes, for example, do not constitute a bar to having custody of a child, unless it results in a conviction that mandates jail time. Domestic violence is another matter.

Some states have laws that provide guidance to a divorce court judge pertaining to domestic violence. A Manhattan Beach child custody lawyer will know very well that a judge will take such factors seriously. In fact, a court judge is compelled to adhere to special rules in child custody decisions when a parent was convicted of domestic violence against the other parent in the previous 5 years; or a court decides that domestic violence happened against the other parent or child. In such cases, the judge is typically barred from awarding physical custody to the parent convicted of domestic violence with some state-specific exceptions, but not from granting visitation rights. It will all depend on the circumstances.

Child custody and visitation rights are usually a bitter issue between parents, and some go through great lengths to make sure they come out ahead. There have been cases when one parent falsely accused the other parent of domestic abuse or violence in order to sway custodial decision. As pointed out on the website of Daniel Jensen, Attorney at Law, even the most minor incident can be blown out of proportion. This can lead not only to loss of parental rights but also damage to the reputation of the accused. It is important for the defendant to challenge such accusations with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Divorce is always a complicated civil matter, and it is made more complicated when there are criminal charges involved. Contact the appropriate lawyers to handle these matters in as smooth and painless a way as possible.

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