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Places Where Discrimination Happens and When to Sue

Exclusivity and mistreatment is always unpleasant, there is just no denying it. Sometimes we have to live with it and sometimes we may even choose to ignore it for our own purposes. But if you are being excluded based on who you are or a legally protected characteristic, then discrimination is a basis for legal action.

There are a number of local, state, and federal laws that mandate equal treatment in various settings, and these outline the obligations of businesses or institutions dealing with the public. But not all situations, even when discriminatory, are necessarily going to make a great basis for a lawsuit. Let's look at some places where discrimination might occur and what situations are more likely to be worth fighting for.

When a marriage goes bad, there may not be a whole lot of time for planning the divorce. In some cases, it's better to make a clean break quickly, and in other cases couples may have the time and patience to take things slowly.

Every relationship is different and there's no one way to go through a divorce, but there are some considerations worth keeping in mind when you're look for the best time to file divorce papers.

In an important step to take care of senior citizens, Congress reauthorized the Older Americans Act, a comprehensive bill providing additional services and programs for aging adults. While this is a long-awaited and positive move to take care of our elders, the government may still need to figure out how to pay for it all.

Here's what the Older Americans Act promises to do, and the steps left to fund the program.

CA Jurors Caught Using Social Media May Soon Be Fined $1,500

It is tempting in this time when we are all reporting our lives on social media to tweet or post from court if you're a juror. Your jury service is indeed interesting but it's also one time when you might not want to express yourself.

As a juror, you are part of a legal proceeding; you're not present as a spectator or a journalist. Disobeying the rules is punishable but it also can lead to a mistrial. Now a bill in California proposes to fine smart tech use by jurors, reports CBS Sacramento, up to $1,500.

Daycares Can No Longer Serve French Fries, Frosted Flakes

Tony the Tiger of Frosted Flakes doesn't think this is grrrrrrrreat but you may if you have struggled with food-related health issues. This week, the US Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service issued a final rule outlining what kinds of foods can be served in daycare centers for adults and children.It extends efforts stemming from a 2010 law to improve childhood nutrition, part of Michele Obama's Let's Move anti-obesity initiative.

Daycare centers participating in government-funded programs will not serve deep fried foods and high-sugar cereals and will limit juice and meat consumption. The final rule issued this week will impact more than three million children and about 150,000 adults, and the goal is to teach kids especially to eat healthy by cultivating a taste for the good stuff early.

Despite grumbling from consumers (and a drop in gas prices) it looks like those pesky and expensive airline baggage fees are here to stay. Airlines raked in almost $3 million in baggage fees alone last year, but paying $25 or $50 or $100 to check a bag didn't guarantee it would get to your destination on time.

Lucky for us passengers, a new law may force airlines to refund baggage fees if your luggage doesn't arrive with you. So how will the law work, and how can you get your money back if the airline loses your bags?

Snapchat Stands up for Right to Snap Ballot Selfies

Snapchatters may be relieved to know that last week the "mobile storytelling app" stood up to support your right to take selfies in a voting booth. The "ballot selfie" case arises out of New Hampshire, where a judge last year struck down a ban on ballot box photography, finding the ban curbed First Amendment free speech rights.

Snapchat disagrees with the ban, so filed an amicus brief last week. This is the first time the five-year-old company has independently filed such a brief. But snaps are Snapchat's bread and butter, so it should be no wonder that the company likened the ballot box selfie to "I voted" stickers of the past and says bans on ballot booth photography are outdated, impractical, and impossible to enforce.

Top Adoption Law Questions

For a simple act of love and kindness, the law surrounding adoption can be fairly complicated. State adoption laws can vary, international adoption laws can seem impenetrable, and that's before you even get into the rights of birth parents.

Deciding to expand your family through adoption can be a beautiful one, but one that is also fraught with legal questions. Here are five of the biggest if you're considering adoption:

#USImmigrationLaw: What Will Affect My Citizenship Application?

You're applying for citizenship in the US and wondering what issues will impact your application. There are many factors that go into a final determination about whether to grant status, and an initial denial does not necessarily mean you have no chances of becoming an American. But there are some specific matters that will impact the determination. Let's briefly examine them here.

Today is Earth Day; tomorrow, Picnic Day. With spring in full bloom, it’s the perfect weekend to spend in one of the country’s gorgeous national parks.

But along with all that majesty comes just a little bit of menace. While national parks and wilderness areas can provide the perfect backdrop to wonder, contemplation, and take the odd selfie, they can also pose dangerous pitfalls most of us aren’t used to facing in our daily lives. So if you’re celebrating Earth Day in a national park, here are some tips on staying safe.