Amazon has been hit with at least seven wrongful termination lawsuits, as seven female warehouse employees claim that the company fired them after they had gotten pregnant. Seven women are suing Amazon for wrongful termination, alleging that the company fired them from its warehouse after they got pregnant, according to a report by CNET, adding that the firings had occurred within the time-span of the past four years.One of the women suing Amazon, Beverly Rosales, told CNET that Amazon claims it fired her for taking too much time off of work, but Rosales says that her termination stemmed from her need to visit the restroom more often, which her manager counted as “time off task,” meaning the time taken off outside of the allotted breaks employees have throughout the workday. Rosales says that her manager told her it would be “against the rules” to use the restroom more often, suggesting that extra restroom visits would accumulate and count … [Read more...] about Lawsuits: Amazon Fired Women After They Got Pregnant
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TORONTO -- When railroad tracks were first laid across the western U.S., there were eight different gauges all competing to dominate the industry – making a nationwide, unified rail system impossible; it took an act of Congress in 1863 to force the adoption of an industry standard gauge of 4-ft., 8-1⁄2 inches.FedEx CIO Rob Carter believes the same kind of thing needs to happen for blockchain to achieve widespread enterprise adoption.While the promise of blockchain to create a more efficient, secure and open platform for ecommerce can be realized using a proprietary platform, it won't be a global solution for whole industries now hampered by a myriad of technical and regulatory hurdles. Instead, a platform based on open-source software and industry standards will be needed to ensure process transparency and no one entity profits from the technology over others."I think we're in the state where we're duking it out for the dominant design," Carter said during a CIO panel … [Read more...] about FedEx CIO: It’s time to mandate blockchain for international shipping
Uber Eats is rolling out a major app redesign that uses cute graphics to offer more detailed information on the progress of your order. Before, the food-delivery service offered basic updates that let you know your meal was being prepared and when it was on its way, but the new app tells you that your order has been accepted, when it’s being prepared, and when the courier is on his or her way to the restaurant. This is followed by another update letting you know that the courier is heading your way together with a map showing their route, and, finally, when they’ve arrived. You’ll also see a countdown clock showing you how many minutes until your meal is likely to land at your door. In a blog post introducing the new-look app, Andy Szybalski, Uber Eats’ global head of product design, said it also brings new features to better handle delays and other events. For example, if your order gets held up or canceled, the app will offer specific information on … [Read more...] about Uber Eats’ redesigned app lets you track your order with cute graphics
Christian Edwards, provided by Published 11:35 pm PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein This weekend, 21 world leaders will make their way to Papua New Guinea for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, an event marked by controversy and questionable fashion photo ops. The Pacific region is quickly turning into a contest for influence aligning China against everyone else. China is winning for now, but impoverished nation's like Papua New Guinea often come out the loser. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Summit or APEC, if you're feeling a little lost amid the proliferation of global get-togethers is the one where all the leaders line up afterward in colorful shirts, looking — as some commentators have quipped — out of place. Usually that's APEC's key takeaway — how out of place everyone is in the Pacific. This weekend, 21 world leaders will make their way to the faraway host of the annual APEC summit, an … [Read more...] about The poorest nation in the Pacific will host its richest economic get-together, and it could descend into a dash for cash
By CLIVE THOMPSON NOV. 14, 2018 Intelligent chatbots could automate away nearly all of our commercial interactions — for better or for worse. The Tech And Design Issue May A.I. Help You? The Future of Aging Just Might Be in Margaritaville 20 Americans Die Each Day Waiting for Organs. Can Pigs Save Them? Gaming Out a Chance at Motherhood — Later Prev Next Intelligent chatbots could automate away nearly all of our commercial interactions — for better or for worse. By CLIVE THOMPSONNOV. 14, 2018 Two years ago, Alison Darcy built a robot to help out the depressed. As a clinical research psychologist at Stanford University, she knew that one powerful way to help people suffering from depression or anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy, or C.B.T. It’s a form of treatment in which a therapist teaches patients simple techniques that help them break negative patterns of thinking. C.B.T. is not … [Read more...] about May A.I. Help You?