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US Dept. of Labor Sues Selma Auto Supplier, Supreme Court Restores AL Woman's Adoption

Renosol Seating in Selma, Ala.

Federal labor officials are suing an international automotive supplier and managers of the company’s plant in Selma. They claim the company retaliated against employees who raised concerns over dangerous working conditions and inadequate benefits.

According to a complaint filed late last week, three employees at Lear Corporation's Renosol Seating plant in Selma complained to federal labor officials two years ago that they'd been exposed to a chemical that caused health problems and were treated unfairly when they were transferred to another facility.

The employees say they were discriminated against for continuing to speak out about conditions at the plant. One was fired and was then sued for defamation last year.

The lawsuit seeks back wages, the reinstatement of that former employee and more.

Lear spokesman Mel Stephens says the company denies the lawsuit's allegations.

The Renosol Seating plant supplies car seats to Hyundai.

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision by Alabama’s Supreme Court that stripped a lesbian woman of her adoption rights.

The woman adopted three children along with a former partner. The two split and the adoptive parent tried to ensure her visitation rights. Instead, the Alabama Supreme Court struck down the adoption.

Cathy Sakimura is the family law director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She represented the adoptive mother throughout the ordeal, and says Alabama’s decision had some dangerous implications.

“Any parent who adopted, potentially, was vulnerable if the Alabama Supreme Court decided it didn’t like their adoption. This is the reason why we have full faith and credit, so that people don’t have to worry when they travel across states that suddenly their judgements aren’t going to be recognized anymore.”

The U.S. Supreme Court says the woman now has full rights as an adoptive parent.

Huntsville residents will get the chance to sharpen their resumes and job interviewing skills today.

The Alliance for Opportunity and Development is working with the Huntsville Housing Authority and the Terry Heights Hillandale Neighborhood to hold today’s job search workshop. The event will take place at the Oscar Mason Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m. this afternoon. The workshop is focused on residents of public housing, but it’s free and open to the public.

Lindsay Pollard is with the Huntsville Housing Authority. She says the workshop will provide information on current resume trends.

“We’re gonna start talking about the resume body, what to insert, what not to insert, some of the newer, more current outlines for resumes, and the different ways that you can bullet point your resume that will stand out, get you hired.”

Today’s workshop will be followed by the Alliance for Opportunity and Development’s community career event next week.

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