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What Happened To Judge Mablean Ephraim On Divorce Court?
Who'S This New Chick?
This is from http://www.eurweb.com/printable.cfm?id=25782
"At a press conference last week to explain her reasons for leaving the syndicated Fox Television series “Divorce Court,” Judge Mablean Ephriam said the syndicator was unwilling to pay her as much as the other TV judges, and had the nerve to demand that her hairdo not change for the entire season.
“There will be no changes in the current hairstyle to avoid time consuming issues regarding her hair,” Fox was said to have stated during its negotiations – a demand Ephriam found to be very offensive and racially insensitive.
Here were her words at the press conference:
“The requirement also comes very close to a violation, if it does not in fact violate, the Fair Employment Practices Act. An employer cannot demand one to wear a particular hairstyle unless it directly affects or impacts the employee’s ability to perform his or her employment duties. My hairstyle does not meet this criteria, it is, however, a racial and ethnic issue.
“Suddenly, after seven years of a show that has run neck- in- neck with the other top rated court shows, why is my hair an issue. Why, I ask? Because of my ethnicity – African American, Black, *****, whatever term you prefer to use. Because of my genetics (short, curly, hair) which requires the use of chemicals and/or a hot pressing comb to straighten and curlers to style. It cannot be styled by a wash, blow dry and set. Therefore, in Fox’s opinion, it is a time consuming issue.
“I wore a short hairstyle which was my own hair. Due to a misapplication of a chemical process, I lost a substantial amount of hair in season six. Out of my desire to maintain continuity, and the image I had created (for the last five years), I elected to wear a wig last year. Had Fox asked me to maintain a short hairstyle for continuity and for image, it would have been a different issue. But they are saying I must continue to wear the wig because that would expedite the hair styling process. However, my hair has now grown. I had not yet decided what hairstyle I would wear for season eight. If I were to accept their demands, I would have been unable to make that decision.”
Ephriam also said the salary Fox offered her for season eight was substantially less than all of the other court show judges.
“Though I made several offers of reduction from my initial demand, in an effort to reach a settlement, Fox remained firm in its ‘low-ball offer’ and finally, its ‘take-or-leave it offer’ which contained a very small increase from its initial position, coupled with some other unreasonable demands,” she said. “Fox took the position that in order to receive this small increase (which was still unequal); there would be ‘significant production changes.’”
• Tape seven shows per day (sometimes eight), instead of six. “I indicated I could not do this effectively and produce quality shows,” she explains.
• No vacation time during tape schedule. She notes: “My national church convocation in November is the only vacation I take during tape season. Will I now not be allowed to observe my religious practice? This was non-negotiable for me. I believe this infringes on my freedom of religious belief? The other times-off from taping were promotional appearances… at the request of civic groups, schools, churches, women groups, and non-profit organizations such as the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage, which benefits Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).
Ephraim continued: “There were several other issues related to the tape schedule and taping itself which were unfair to the staff and crew of ‘Divorce Court,’ as well as me. For instance, ‘we no longer will be able to pay for the holiday luncheon’ stated Fox. ‘Divorce Court’ has one catered meal the entire season, the Christmas holiday luncheon, before hiatus. This would be cut out if I were to be paid the small increase. This would not be fair to the staff and crew.
“Not only have I been impacted but my personal assistant Princess and my daughter, Darlene Allen. Darlene was head of the wardrobe department. She too now has been terminated.”
In closing, Ephriam thanks Fox “for the last seven years, for the opportunity, for the exposure. I also thank Fox for refusing to pay me what I know I was worth. It set me free to ascend to higher ground. To go beyond before. I firmly believe that God has a better plan for my life.”
Could be true..or false.
Does Anybody Know How The San Joaqin County Family Law Courts Are How Are The Judges Etc.?
My Child Custody And Visitation Case Originated In Santa Clara County The Judge Oredered A Change Of Venue To San Joaquin County I Dont Know If This Is A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing Considering How The Courts Work My Question Is Does Anybody Know If San Joaquin Is More Lienent When It Comes To This Type Of Case
ALL I CAN TELL YOU IS THIS NO MATTER WHERE THE COURT IS:
JUDGES KNOW WHEN YOU ARE LYING SO BE HONEST
JUDGES "LIKE BLACK AND WHITE" MEANING ANYTHING IN WRITING YOU CAN OFFER AS PROOF.
JUST BE HONEST!
Has Anybody Dealt With The Lawyer Referral Network?
Any "referral network" is going to be based on fees the lawyer pays to have their name listed. Call your county bar association, tell them what area of law you're needing help in (personal injury, real estate, probate, etc.) and ask for a referral. It's free and more likely to yield a decent result.
Are Lawyer To Lawyer Convos Privileged?
Am Trying To Settle A Civil Dispute Over Some Monies With My Ex, In A Latest Phone Call His Lawyer Told My Lawyer That If I Did Not Agree To A Certain Sum Of Money That His Client (My Ex) Intended To Try To Prosecute Me...There'S A Lot More To This Story..But My Basic Question Is Are Lawyer To Lawyer Conversations Privileged? This Seems Like Blackmail To Me - Threatening To Try To Get Me Into Legal Trouble If I Don'T Agree To A Certain Amount Of Money. Anyone Know This? I Won'T Get A Chance To Speak To My Lawyer Again Until Tomorrow And I Really Want To Know. Thank You In Advance For Any Replies.
His lawyers conversation with him is privilaged. Yours with your lawyer is privilaged. His lawyer to your lawyer is not. The tough thing is going to be to get a lawyer to turn and honest up if it affects another lawyer (it's a fraternity of sorts). It depends on how things were phrased. If it was "I'd be willing to let it go (the charge) if we come to a reasonable understanding" then you'd be hard pressed to pursue it. If it were "she's gonna give me some money or I'm gonna have her put in jail" then the malice and desire for money above all other concerns is easier to show. If he has legitimate charges but seekd a settlement rather than pursue it then you'll have to rise to a higher standard. If it's bogus and a shakedown then fight it.
What Are My Rights And Should I Contact An Attorney?
Prior To Having Guardianship Over My Mother Who Has Pick'S Disease, I Had To Get A 72 Hour Involuntary Committal For Her To Get Into The Hospital. She Has Now Been Kept For 3 Weeks And Is In A Nursing Home. When I Received The Guardianship I Went To Talk To Them To See What I Had To Do To Get Her Released. They Are Telling Me That The Dr Cant See Her Until 10 Days From Now To Release Her. I Am Finding That Hard To Believe. They Charge Over $600.00 Dollars A Day And I Am So Afraid That Her Medicare Is Not Going To Pay For It And My Father Will Lose Their Home And She Will Not Have A Home To Go To. I Have No Idea Where To Go Next. I Feel That This Has Gone Way Too Far.
First of all, I am so sorry that this is happening to your mother, and therefore to you and your family.
Some things simply defy all fairness.
You need to consult an elder law attorney- fast.
There are ways to handle your parents estate so your Dad is not put out of the house.
The FIRST thing you need to do is get him down to the Registry of Deeds and make sure his house is "homesteaded".
When I did mine, it cost about $25 to do that - a small fee for something so important.
All it takes is filling out a one page form, with very simple information, and having it recorded.
Elder law attorneys specialize in navigating this stuff- and with changing laws, you really need one.
Your Mom is as safe as you can make her - now you need to keep your Dad safe too. You also need to really think about whether your mom is going to be well enough to come home. Take this time to consider that, and speak to the attorney about alternatives, now or later. For now, it's actually lucky they aren't springing her too soon.
Can I Change The Custody Agreement?
My Parents Have Been Separated For About 2 Years, Not Divorced, Separated. They Split Due To Abuse On My Father'S Part And Just Over All Not Being Compatible, Not That Why They Split Is So Relevant. But During Their Separation My Sister And I Have Been Forced To Move From Each Parents House Week To Week And After Two Years Of It, It'S Become Very Frustrating. It'S Not Fair To Us To Have To Live Some Place Different Every Week And It Makes Life Complicated Because We Are Practically Living Out Of Suitcases. I Would Like To Change The Custody Agreement So That My Sister And I Would Be With My Mom During The Week, Dad During The Weekends. It Seems Fair Considering The Fact That My Dad Was Always A Negligent Parent But Likes To Look Like He Is A Part Of Our Life. The Only Problem Is My Mother And Father Refuse To Go To Court To Divorce Or Anything Like That, Do I Have The Power To Change The Custody Agreement Without Them Being Extremely Involved?
Btw: I Am 16, We Went To Court Once, When I Was 14 I Think, And My Mom Wasn'T Granted Full Custody Because My Sister And I Got In Trouble Because Neither Of Our Parents Were Watching Us Correctly. But Now We Are Very Well Behaved.
Your parents can change it by mutual agreement. It generally helps in divorce questions to say what country/state/province you live in, because laws vary, but that probably doesn't much matter in your case. I take if that your parents are legally separated and that there is a court order specifying the current arrangement.
Which, I agree, is hard on kids. When I first divorced, my ex-wife and I had an arrangement like that. While I liked having more time with the kids, I saw it was hard on them and went to weekend visitation. It took the lawyers several years to put it into writing and adjust child support accordingly, but I think life was more convenient for the kids.
You're right that why they split isn't relevant. Both parents love their kids and want time with them. If your father was negligent, the state would step in and take you away. If he only liked to look like part of your life, he'd leave you with your mom instead of taking care of you half the time.
But no. You can't change the agreement without them being extremely involved. You can ask. You can try refusing to go to your father's except weekends and see if that's OK with your mother. But in the end, your parents have to be the ones making the changes.