Portland Starbucks Age Discrimination Suit

The Press Herald reports on the progress of a woman’s claim that she was denied a job at Starbucks because of her age.  The article indicates that she has presented data that Starbucks hires younger applicants at a higher rate than those over 35.

In this type of lawsuit, the plaintiff needs to present a ‘prima facie’ case that there has been discrimination.  The data of disproportionate hiring can be used to show that.  Starbucks will have the burden of proving that they truly did not hire her for the reasons they stated, and not just based on her age.

The article notes that the judge found actions by the manager at the Hay Building Starbucks on Congress St. to be why he allowed the case to go forward.  As with any company, the wrong actions of one employee can cost you greatly.

If this does not settle, I hope to sit in on some of the trial.  Stay tuned!

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Bad lawyer or fall guy?

Kennebec Journal reports on a fine imposed on Fed Up With Taxes. Their lawyer is taking the blame.

The ethics commission on Monday fined Fed Up With Taxes $10,000 for failing to file two campaign finance reports on time.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted 4-0 to impose the maximum fine on the political action committee.

Portland attorney William Dale, who was hired by Fed Up With Taxes to handle the campaign finance reports, told the commission he did all the filings himself.

He asked for a waiver of the fine.

“I have no excuse other than I forgot,” he said.

Deed issue dooms Portland pier plans

Months after the plans for the Maine State Pier in Portland were supposed to have been set, it has fallen through.  The problem is ownership of the ocean floor beneath the pier, and who actually owns it.

City officials and a spokesman for the developer confirmed Wednesday night that negotiations broke down after the state asserted its rights to ownership of the sea floor beneath the pier.

The city has consistently maintained that it owns the ocean floor beneath the pier, based on a deed it was granted by the Maine Department of Transportation in the 1980s for a Bath Iron Works project in Portland.

In a letter dated Oct. 14, Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe said, “After reviewing the history of the Bath Iron Works project in Portland, we do not believe the facts support a stipulation that the city has clear and complete title to these submerged lands.”

Press Herald

Transmission line upgrade hearing

Portland Press Herald:

“Hearings to allow public comment on a $1.4 billion proposal to upgrade much of the state’s electrical-transmission infrastructure will begin Wednesday with a session in Waterville.The Maine Public Utilities Commission has scheduled two public hearings to allow residents to offer their opinions on a Central Maine Power Co. proposal to add 350 miles of high-voltage transmission lines.

A PUC spokesman said the agency will plan additional public sessions after November.

The proposed 345,000-volt transmission lines would stretch from the southern end of the state through 80 municipalities in the Portland, Augusta and Pittsfield areas. The lines would end near Bangor.

The Waterville public-comment session will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Waterville City Hall. Lewiston City Hall will host a session at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24.”