Gay employee says salary was halved to be even with ‘females in the office’

Man claims in lawsuit against New York events company that employers sought to degrade him after they learned he was gay A gay man working at a New York events company has claimed in a discrimination lawsuit that his pay was halved so he would be on a par with other females in the office. In the lawsuit against Eventique, a company that stages promotional events for companies including Nike, Twitter and Amazon, Wesley Wernecke claims his employers sought to …

Missouri took extreme actions to limit reproductive rights, House panel hears

Tracking patients periods and medically unnecessary pelvic exams amount to state-sponsored abuse, says congresswoman abortion clinic within state borders are a denial of basic healthcare services, the New York congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said at a House oversight committee hearing on Thursday. Missouri took extreme actions to limit reproductive rights, the panel heard. Tactics included tracking patients periods and medically unnecessary pelvic exams, amounting to state-sponsored abuse, Maloney said. I cannot begin to describe my disgust at these violations of privacy …

Argentina could become ‘sacrificial country’ for plastic waste, say activists

Campaigners claim decree is illegal and could lead to imports of low-grade plastic scraps Argentina has changed its definition of waste in a move that could allow it to import millions of tonnes of plastic waste discarded in the US. The countrys president, Mauricio Macri, signed a decree in August reclassifying some materials destined for recycling as commodities instead of waste, allowing looser oversight of mixed and contaminated plastic scraps that are difficult to process, and are often dumped or …