Yes, we all love us the space movies, but this is nevertheless beneficial to actual flesh-and-blood human beings, I think.
A Marin County jury awarded $113,800 in damages against filmmaker George Lucas' company Wednesday for withdrawing a job offer from a San Francisco woman after she disclosed that she was pregnant.
Lucasfilm Ltd. denied discriminating against Julie Veronese, and said it revoked its offer of a 30-day job in 2008 as a manager at Lucas' San Anselmo estate for reasons unrelated to her pregnancy.
But the Superior Court jury, after 2 1/2 days of deliberations in Veronese's lawsuit, found that Lucasfilm had discriminated against her because she was pregnant. Jurors also agreed with Veronese that she had been assured of an ongoing position after a 30-day tryout ....
When this story was pointed out to me today, I (facetiously) said: "Just wait. The Supreme Court will reverse it."
Because actual human beings mostly get short shrift here in Freedom's Land. Our fine corporations now own the keys to Congress, the White House, Supreme Court and the vaults at Fort Knox, so everyone who works for a living gets to stand at the back of the line when the goodies are handed out.
What makes me say things like this? Especially when a Kenyan-Muslim with Communist leanings resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Why, thing's I've observed as Your Faithful Union Rep. For instance:
* A large animation company demanding in writing that its employees not share wage information with each other, even though the demand was illegal.
* Another large company insisting it had the right to lay employees off at its whim, but the employees had no corresponding right to resign from the company.
* Companies badgering employees to work for free, telling them they weren't "team players" unless they did.
What I've discovered over the years is that some companies are more scrupulous about following the law than other companies. Many corporations are happy to push envelopes and cut corners if it increases profit margins. (Perhaps you've noticed this trend in different news reports over the past few years. There's a kind of a theme: "We got away with it last time, we'll get away with it this time too.")
Which is only right, because if there's one thing I firmly believe it's that the folks with most of the money here in the U.S. of A. just don't have enough.
The top 1 percent of families hold half of all non-home wealth.
The middle class’s major assets are their home, liquid assets like checking and savings accounts, CDs and money market funds, and pension accounts. For the average family, these assets make up 84 percent of their total wealth.
The richest 10 percent of families own about 85 percent of all outstanding stocks. They own about 85 percent of all financial securities, 90 percent of all business assets. These financial assets and business equity are even more concentrated than total wealth ...
What's happened, of course, is we've long since become a country that -- in its day-to-day life -- lives by the Golden Rule*. And even then, if the some of the rules prove inconvenient, many of our corporate citizens have few qualms about breaking them.
Nice to see a court rule the other way ... if only until the next court above reverses the ruling.
* Those that have the gold, make the rules.