Watch News 4 at 11 p.m. for the entire report. One of the highest-ranking supervisors at Metro-North was promoted to his position in 2014 even after several employees reported shocking photos of him in blackface, the I-Team has learned. The photos of Richard Ranallo were snapped at a private Halloween party in October 2013 and posted on Facebook, according to the employees. "He's dressed up in blackface, which is abhorrent to many people on many levels," said former employee Randy Morgan, now retired from Metro-North. Top News Photos: New Tents Hold Separated Immigrant Children Getty Images In the pictures, Ranallo is carrying what appears to be a railroad-style lantern and is wearing a jockey uniform "reminiscent of the black jockey that people used to put on their lawns," said Morgan. "It's kind of like wearing a KKK outfit, just kind of screams at you," he said. Morgan recalled thinking, when he first saw the photos, "'You don't know this is … [Read more...] about I-Team: Metro-North Supervisor Was Promoted Despite Photos of Him in Blackface, Complaints From Employees
Safety concerns in the workplace
A new study by research and diagnostic testing firm Quest Diagnostics has revealed a disturbing trend: More employees are testing positive for drugs in their system. But first, the good news: The rate in 2017 of drug positivity results -- where Quest looked at more than ten million lab tests -- was mostly the same as a similar study the company conducted in 2016. Also, prescription opiate positivity rates declined "dramatically" on a national basis. Unfortunately, the good news stops there. That's because the study showed a dramatic increase of other drugs found in the blood and urine of subjects and this led to an overall positivity rate of 4.2 percent of employees, which is the highest since the 3.6 percent rate recorded in 2008. The top rate ever recorded was 13.6 percent in 1988, the first year of the study. The lowest rate ever recorded by the study was 3.5 percent in 2012."It's unfortunate that we mark 30 years of the Drug-Free Workplace Act with clear evidence that drugs … [Read more...] about Drugs in the workplace are at their highest levels in a decade
WHISTLEBLOWERS regularly hit the headlines for lifting the lid on wrongdoing in the workplace – often exposing shocking truths. But what does the term actually mean, and what rights do workers have to raise a flag whenever they witness illegal, neglectful or dangerous acts? What is a whistleblower? A whistleblower is a worker who reports certain types of wrongdoing to the authorities. Whistleblowers are protected by law to stop them being treated unfairly or losing their job because they ‘blew the whistle’. The term is thought to have appeared around the 1970s, as a reference to when a referee blows the whistle during sports to indicate a foul. Concerned workers can raise their concerns at any time about an incident that happened in the past, is ongoing, or they believe will happen in the near future. Whistleblowers are protected by UK law if they report a criminal offence, a health and safety violation, risk or damage to the environment, or a miscarriage of … [Read more...] about What is whistleblowing, do whistleblowers have protection in UK law and which organisations have policies?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Meghan E. Irons Globe Staff May 13, 2018 After she got out of the Army in 2004, Nathalie Delsoin wanted to follow in her godfather’s footsteps and join the Boston Fire Department. She passed the civil service test and the arduous physical examination, proving that, just like the men, she could cut it as a firefighter.But when she started, she said she felt tormented — not because her skills were lacking, but because she was the only woman in her Charlestown firehouse.An officer asked her to fold his laundry. Her colleagues took her toiletries from the bathroom. Another firefighter referenced the size of her breasts. Advertisement That same male firefighter, Delsoin said, jumped into bed with her on a June night in 2009 and tried to have sex with her. When she got free, she locked herself in the bathroom, where she spent the night. Stunned and wary … [Read more...] about Women firefighters in Boston want respect
Spain could soon be set for a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public and in the workplace. Photo: Planetc1/Flickr Spain's Minister of Health will tell regional officials on Friday that she wants to ban the smoking of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places. It's part of a bid to regulate a rapidly growing industry. To date, e-cigarettes have existed in legal limbo in Spain. The market is booming and the devices are widely available in pharmacies and kiosks and even in glamorous boutiques. But the verdict is still out on the safety of the products which work by vaporizing nicotine liquid — the World Health Organization says people shouldn't use them until their safety has been proven. Now Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato has weighed into the debate, saying she wants the devices treated like any other tobacco product, Spain's ABC newspaper reported on Friday. This would put a stop to the 'smoking' of e-cigarillos in enclosed spaces like offices and … [Read more...] about Spain confirms plans to ban e-cigarettes in public