Eyes on Texas: A Restaurant Name That’s Tacky (Though Not Delightful)
A roundup of news and views about the state of Texas, from media around the world.
In Austin, there are food trailers, mom-and-pop stores, chain restaurants and now “breastaurants.” And no, we are not talking about chicken breasts. ABC News spotlights Doug Guller, CEO of ATX Brands, which owns Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, who announced his federal trademark of the term “breastaurant.” Guller apparently beat to the punch similar chains like Hooters and Twin Peaks that also “feature bodacious waitresses in skimpy outfits.”
One Dallas-based law firm took the caution “never mix business with pleasure” to a new extreme. According to AOL Jobs, the firm had a policy “banning male and female employees from working alone together” both inside and outside of the office. Kimberly Elkjer, a female partner, sued the firm, claiming that the no-fraternization policy hindered women’s advancement.
The Washington Post reports on the debate in Texas over less stringent high school graduation requirements. The state’s new “foundation” diploma would allow students more flexibility to take courses that align with their career plans, and would not require traditionally core classes like Algebra II. Continuing on the current, more rigorous requirements may make students grumble and question the value of classes like pre-calculus, but will force students to “learn more.”
While construction is booming in Texas, so are the related hazards. Because nearly half of the one million workers in construction are undocumented immigrants, wage fraud is prevalent. The fact that Texas holds the title of “most construction worker deaths of all the states” does not make the job seem any easier. Though it’s rare for undocumented workers to speak to reporters, NPR captures the experience of one construction worker in a podcast.
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