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Esther Lombardi

Esther Lombardi writes about women at work, productivity and time management strategies, and breaking news. She has more than 15 years of professional writing, editing, and publishing experience, as well as a master's degree in English.  Esther is a full-time freelancer, who draws upon her background to give you fun and compelling stories. To her, the story and the vehicle(s) of expression are important, but sometimes it's just as essential to explore those areas just outside one's comfort zone. She loves to jump head-first into that deep ravine, and discover where her parachute will take her.

Most Recent Posts by Esther Lombardi
  • 'Genius Girl' Admits to Harvard-Stanford Hoax

    News on the college-admissions front often has some element of fascination and intrigue. After all, most of us could only dream of gaining a coveted slot at an Ivy League school like Harvard or Stanford. So, news that a young "Genius Girl" was able to snag what sounded like the most illustrious and custom-made program of all sounded absolutely fantastic. Too good to be true! Well, as it turns it, it was.
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  • Spotlight on Disney-Layoff Debacle

    It feels a bit like deja vu. Didn't we just hear all that hubbub about Disney laying off workers? It was a sordid tale that involved 250 workers laid off from "the happiest place" on Earth, and then asked to train their replacements (who were an apparent part of an outsourcing directive via H-1B visas). Disney's debacle was only one of the most publicized incidents of such layoffs, and that bad PR may just have made a difference. After all, Disney just canceled similar plans to lay off more than 30 IT workers earlier this month.
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  • 4 Ways to Survive Fragrance Sensitivity in the Office

    Around 5,000 different fragrances permeate our personal care products. What smells clean and fresh to one person is a harbinger of an allergy attack for someone with fragrance sensitivity, which can result in sneezing, headaches, skin reactions, even difficulty breathing. Antihistamines can help, but the best treatment is reducing exposure. The question is, how far does your employer have to go to accommodate your condition?
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  • Disney Workers Laid Off and Asked to Train Foreign Replacements

    Imagine receiving notice that you'd just lost your job. It'd be devastating. But, then, just think about being asked to train your replacement over a series of months – as you discovered that the jobs had been transferred to labor imported from other countries on a temporary visa for highly skilled technical workers. Would that kind of a situation feel like some kind of new level of hell? That's just what happened to workers at Disney, who found themselves facing unemployment ... and training the workers who would soon take over their jobs.
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  • Jon Stewart Comes Clean About His Top-Secret Bootcamp for Vets

    Jon Stewart has long showed his support for soldiers and veterans, even as he's been a vocal critic of the Iraq War. So, it's not a surprise that he's now being credited for a training program to help veterans break into the entertainment industry.
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  • LA Votes for $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

    It's all the rage. Seattle and San Francisco have done it, and now Los Angeles is joining the pack. Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, becoming the largest U.S. city to do so.
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  • Bernie Sanders Proposes Free Tuition, But Can It Work?

    You've probably already heard about Sen. Bernie Sanders' free-college tuition bill, which that promises a tuition-free education, so students can attend state colleges or universities with little cost. It sounds like a great idea, right? We'd no longer be able to complain about all the uneducated masses. Every student would have access to training to land them a career they'd love, without the burden of crushing student loan debt. Employers would have access to a more highly skilled pool of applicants. Eventually, even the economy as a whole could improve. So why isn't everyone on board?
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  • What's Really Behind That Manicure?

    Nail technician: It's one of those careers that seems almost hidden, overlooked, and even ignored. And, when you last went into a nail salon to get your manicure or pedicure, you probably had no idea about the reality of the working conditions the women workers are often forced to endure across the country.
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  • Hillary Clinton Fights Like a Woman for Paid Leave

    It was Mother's Day on Sunday, so it's probably not really surprising that Hillary Clinton released a video about her mother (and daughter and granddaughter). But, set against the birth of her granddaughter, she also briefly retells a story about a nurse who said, "Thank you for fighting for paid family leave." Is it just political posturing, or can we finally hope for some resolution to the shameful state of family leave in the U.S.?
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  • 4 Things to Know About the McDonald's Protest for a Higher Minimum Wage

    April 15 was the day McDonald's Corp. first opened their doors to the public in Illinois – back in 1955. So, it's fitting that workers launched international protests for higher wages and the right to unionize exactly 60 years later on McDonald's birthday. Make no mistake: this is not about individual employees raving about isolated mistreatment. This is a global movement. It's gaining momentum and publicity, and it doesn't show any signs of dissipating.
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