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Researchers from UCLA and the State University of New York-Stony Brook found that out-of-work Americans face [discrimination] that is unrelated to their skills sets or to the conditions of departure from their previous jobs.

"We were surprised to find that, all things being equal, unemployed applicants were viewed as less competent, warm and hireable than employed individuals,"

"We were also surprised to see how little the terms of departure mattered. Job candidates who said they voluntarily left a position faced the same stigma as job candidates who said they had been laid off or terminated."

"To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the psychological stigma of unemployment,"

Read more …The Psychological Impact Of Being Out Of Work - Medical News Today (article link)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - People, especially men, who feel any kind of discrimination, are likely to see their waistlines expand, according to research from Purdue University.

"This study found that males who persistently experienced high levels of discrimination during a nine-year period were more likely to see their waist circumference increase by an inch compared to those who did not report discrimination," said Haslyn E.R. Hunte, an assistant professor of health and kinesiology. "Females who reported similar experiences also saw their waistlines grow by more than half an inch. This shows how discrimination hurts people physically, and it's a reminder how people's unfair treatment of others can be very powerful.

Read more …Study shows how discrimination hurts: lack of fair treatment leads to obesity issues - EurekAlert!...

Washington (CNN)– President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between a man and woman, according to a statement Wednesday from Attorney General Eric Holder.

"The president has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny," Holder said.

The key provisions in the law "fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional."

"Given that conclusion, the president has instructed the (Justice Department) not to defend the statute" in two pending cases in New York state, Holder said. "I fully concur with the president's determination."

Read more …[discrimination] Justice Department will no longer defend DOMA in legal challenges,...

Psychological Harassment and Discrimination:

"The theme for Human Rights Day 10 December 2010 is human rights defenders who act to end discrimination."

"Human rights defenders speak out against abuse and violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence.  They advocate justice and seek to protect the victims of human rights violations.  They demand accountability for perpetrators and transparency in government action.  In so doing, they are often putting at risk their own safety, and that of their families."

Discrimination falls under workplace psychological harassment similar to sexual harassment.

Workplace psychological harassment and criminal psychological harassment can involve  psychological abuse and violence, discrimination, exclusion and isolation, oppression and subjugation, and torture.

Patterns and Trends of Human Rights Violations:

"Complaints to the Commissions focus on more systematic patterns and trends of human rights violations and may be brought against any country in the world."

Read more …Human Rights Day 2010: Psychological Harassment and Human Rights Violations Patterns and Trends -...

Police say two female postal workers have been shot and killed in a Tennessee post office shooting.

One possible hidden cause in some cases for people going "berserk" or becoming enraged is psychological harassment or criminal psychological harassment.

- Provocation can quickly lead to anger or the fight-or-flight syndrome.
- Humiliation can lead to rage. (rage shootings)

Read more …2 postal workers dead in shooting - CNN (video)

A 22-year-old Kentucky beauty queen has been arrested, accused of stabbing a gas station attendant and biting a woman.

- In the video substance abuse, alcohol is said to be the cause.

Substance abuse can lead to violence but another possible hidden cause in some cases for people going "berserk" or becoming enraged is psychological harassment or criminal psychological harassment.

Read more …A 22-year-old beauty queen has been arrested after going "berserk" - CNN (video)

The doctors of Charity Hospital reflect on the struggles they faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The struggles or nightmare that hosptial staff and patients faced after Hurricane Katrina.

- A song "we are all a part of God's body".

Read more …Doctors of Charity Hospital reflect on the struggles they faced in the aftermath of Hurricane...

- 36% didn't completely agree that it was their responsibility to report these colleagues in every case.
- 17% of doctors said they had known of a colleague who was impaired or incompetent in the last three years, but 1/3 of those did nothing about it.
- The American Medical Association (AMA) has a policy stating that doctors are ethically bound to report colleagues they believe are unfit to practice.

Read more …One out of three doctors didn't report colleagues they believed were "impaired or incompetent" to...

Metabolic syndrome refers to a collection of risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and stroke -- including abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides. -- The syndrome is typically diagnosed when a person has 3 or more of those conditions -- found that it can double the risk of heart attack and stroke.

- For the transportation industry the work itself remained linked to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome.
- The finding is in line with past studies, higher rates of heart disease and stroke among transportation workers.
- Factors such as irregular work schedules, poorer sleep habits, job stress -- might explain the link between transportation work and metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome overall U.S. risk 22%; Writers, artists, entertainers, scientists, engineers 8-9%; doctors, health professionals 12%; Transportation industry, construction 25%; Farm industry, food service 30%.

Read more …Certain lines of work like the transportation industry are linked to increased risk of metabolic...