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Workplace Violence: Is The Recession Inspiring Worker Rage?

Workplace Violence: Is The Recession Inspiring Worker Rage?

It was perhaps the least appropriate time to make a threat to a co-worker using a "Batman" reference. But in late July, Neil Prescott's bosses at Pitney Bowes told him over the phone that he was being fired, he apparently was livid. "I'm a Joker and I'm gonna load my guns and blow everybody up," Prescott, 28,... Read More »

Lunch Break: What You Need To Know About Getting A Job This Week

Lunch Break: What You Need To Know About Getting A Job This Week

Well, no one should be surprised by this. A Gallup/USA Today poll released Monday examined voters' top concerns this election year and found job creation came out on top. Asked to rank 12 different categories, a whopping 92 percent of respondents rated job creation "extremely or very important." Interestingly,... Read More »

Rookie Firefighter Sees Her Home Burn Down While Fighting Wildfire

Rookie Firefighter Sees Her Home Burn Down While Fighting Wildfire

Emily Franklin didn't hesitate before throwing herself into the middle of the action on her first day as a firefighter. The 18-year-old resident of Estes Park, Colo., reported for duty as the state's epic wildfire began raging through her town, located about 50 miles northwest of Denver. Read More »

Will The Supreme Court's 'Obamacare' Ruling Hurt Job Growth?

Will The Supreme Court's 'Obamacare' Ruling Hurt Job Growth?

In a boost to President Obama and his supporters, the U.S. Supreme Court voted Thursday 5-4 to largely uphold the health care reform law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Its expansion of Medicaid for the poor was scaled back, though, giving states' greater control.) The much-anticipated... Read More »

Would Overturning 'Obamacare' Create More Jobs?

Would Overturning 'Obamacare' Create More Jobs?

"We can't afford the job-killing policies in Obamacare," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said and tweeted recently. Repealing President Obama's controversial health care reform on the grounds that it hurts the economy is one of Romney's signature messages. It's a popular goal, too, as poll... Read More »

NY Train Operator Caught On Video Reading, Gets Suspended

NY Train Operator Caught On Video Reading, Gets Suspended

It's clear that sleeping on the job is a no-no. But reading on the job can be equally problematic -- if you're in charge of a fast-moving train. With a couple hundred passengers onboard. Read More »

Secretary Accused Of Stealing More Than $750,000 To Fund Shopping Spree

Secretary Accused Of Stealing More Than $750,000 To Fund Shopping Spree

A former secretary for a British architecture and civil engineering firm is accused of stealing more than half a million British pounds, or roughly $750,000, from her one-time employer to go on a giant shopping spree. Read More »

Safeway Reinstates Worker Who Defended Pregnant Customer

Safeway Reinstates Worker Who Defended Pregnant Customer

Safeway has reinstated a clerk who was suspended without pay after he defended a pregnant woman last month in the grocery chain's Del Ray Oaks, Calif., market. Safeway gave Ryan Young, a meat clerk, his job back, along with back pay and benefits. He will join the staff at a different Safeway store that's no... Read More »

Michigan Worker Fired After Turning In Gun Found On The Job

Michigan Worker Fired After Turning In Gun Found On The Job

Sometimes it doesn't pay to do the right thing. Just ask John Chevilott, a former public-works employee in Wayne County, Mich., who earlier this month found a loaded, snubnosed revolver while mowing grass in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, turned it in and was promptly fired. "It was damaged, so it... Read More »

Bounty Hunters Become the Prey After Busting Into the Wrong House

Bounty Hunters Become the Prey After Busting Into the Wrong House

Bounty hunters Ronnie Shaw and Cecil Deere came pounding on the door of a Oklahoma woman in her '70s last week. The woman, identified as Mary by Tulsa station KOTV, was preparing to take a bath at her West Tulsa home, and said she "could hear the wood crushing," as the men nearly broke down the door. She... Read More »

Former Pittsburgh School Teacher Sues, Claims Anti-Male Bias Led To Program Cuts

Former Pittsburgh School Teacher Sues, Claims Anti-Male Bias Led To Program Cuts

In this era of tight school budgets, it's perhaps not surprising that Pittsburgh teacher George Kirk wasn't able to secure the funds he needed to purchase safety glasses and special jackets for his welding students. But the former Pittsburgh Public Schools employee alleges in a lawsuit filed Monday that it... Read More »

New Jersey Roofers Pull Co-Worker From Vat Of Acid

New Jersey Roofers Pull Co-Worker From Vat Of Acid

It's hard to know how far any of us would go to save a colleague's life, but it appears that four New Jersey roofers were willing to risk theirs after a co-worker fell through a factory roof and plunged into a vat of acid 40 feet below. The workers rescued Martin Davis (pictured at left), a 44-year-old iron... Read More »

Gay Couple To Confront Obama At Easter Egg Roll

Gay Couple To Confront Obama At Easter Egg Roll

On Monday, the First Family is hosting the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. More than 35,000 winners of an online lottery will join the Obamas on the South Lawn, for egg-hunting, live music, cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and one-on-one lobbying to get the president to sign an executive order... Read More »

How Employers Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women -- Legally

How Employers Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women -- Legally

As a driver for UPS, Peggy Young sometimes had to lift up to 70 pounds on the job. When she got pregnant, her doctor said that probably wasn't a good idea and Young should stick to packages 20 pounds or less. Even though UPS routinely assigns "light duty" to injured or disabled employees, it put Young on unpaid... Read More »

Worker Killed, 4 Injured In New York Crane Collapse

Worker Killed, 4 Injured In New York Crane Collapse

NEW YORK -- Authorities today were focusing on what caused a construction boom crane to crash to the ground at a Manhattan worksite, killing one construction worker and seriously injuring another. The dead worker was identified by police as Michael Simmermeyer, 30, of Burlington, N.J. He was pronounced dead... Read More »

Alleged Office Urinator Turns Himself In, After Identified In Surveillance Video

Alleged Office Urinator Turns Himself In, After Identified In Surveillance Video

Many workers don't like the idea of their employer installing surveillance cameras in the office. But at the West Des Moines Farm Bureau, some may be very relieved. Raymond Foley (pictured), a 59-year-old IT employee at the financial services company, allegedly had a secret habit of looking at photos in the... Read More »

Christian Doctor Allegedly Fired For Emailing A Prayer

Christian Doctor Allegedly Fired For Emailing A Prayer

A Christian doctor in the U.K. says he was fired for texting "Have a peaceful Christmas" to a colleague, emailing a prayer to hospital staff, and refusing to "refrain from using religious references in his professional communications verbal or written." David Drew was the pediatric clinical director at... Read More »

Black Men Aren't Superpredators, They're Accountants

Black Men Aren't Superpredators, They're Accountants

A black male social media guru and karaoke enthusiast. A black male entrepreneur who's travelled the world. A black male PR executive and wine connoisseur. A black male accountant, teacher, reporter. These aren't the black men you usually see in the media. But they're all there, hanging out, on "The Faces of... Read More »

8 Bizarre Teacher Scandals You Won't Believe

8 Bizarre Teacher Scandals You Won't Believe

Here at AOL Jobs, our RSS feeds are filled daily with teachers doing wild, wacky, frightening and upsetting things. The teacher scandals can be roughly divided into three categories: Sexually abusive or creepy (by far the most common). Feces and urine going places feces and urine shouldn't go. Being... Read More »

John Ratzenberger On Why We're Becoming A Third World Country

John Ratzenberger On Why We're Becoming A Third World Country

He gained fame by playing the wiseguy postal worker. But John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on the NBC sitcom "Cheers," is nothing but serious now. The actor has found a second career as a social activist. His cause is America's skilled workers. He has advocated for them in documentaries like... Read More »

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