Labor Rights
UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case

UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case

The United Parcel Service is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
The Japanese Government is Being Sued for Institutional Sexism

The Japanese Government is Being Sued for Institutional Sexism

“No matter how much we contribute or how well we perform, we stand virtually no chance of advancing in our careers.”
Disparities Persist for Women of Color in States with the Smallest Wage Gaps

Disparities Persist for Women of Color in States with the Smallest Wage Gaps

Newly released US Census data shows the wage gap for African American and Latina women is worse in some areas where the overall gender wage gap is small.
Potential Ballot Measure in DC Would Raise Minimum Wage to $15

Potential Ballot Measure in DC Would Raise Minimum Wage to $15

Low-wage workers in Washington, DC might see a significant increase in their pay, thanks to national labor rights group Restaurant Opportunities Center United.
Over 80,000 Safety Violations Found At Bangladesh Garment Factories

Over 80,000 Safety Violations Found At Bangladesh Garment Factories

A recently completed inspection found more than 80,000 safety violations in Bangladeshi garment factories - where 85 percent of all workers are women.
Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has brought two lawsuits on behalf of transgender worker, marking the first time the federal government has sued to protect transgender rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Women Firefighters Allege Sexual Harassment and Abuse From Coworkers

Women Firefighters Allege Sexual Harassment and Abuse From Coworkers

The complaint, filed with the Department of Agriculture on behalf of hundreds of women in the Forest Service's Region 5 in California, claims officials did not do enough to stop harassment and abuse.
Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights

Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights

Legislators and activists are still concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed regional free trade agreement that addresses a broad range of issues and is currently being negotiated between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations.
Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

The Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act yesterday, marking the second time this year and the fourth time since 2012 legislators voted along party lines against the equal pay legislation.
The Economic Recovery Isn't Reaching Black Women in the Workforce

The Economic Recovery Isn’t Reaching Black Women in the Workforce

The economic recovery isn't making a difference for African American women this year.
UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

The Senate voted 73-25 to allow the bill to move forward to a debate.
Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

This marks the second time this year that the Senate will take up the equal pay legislation.
Activists Arrested During Nationwide Protests for Higher Wages

Activists Arrested During Nationwide Protests for Higher Wages

Scores of people were arrested just hours into the nationwide strike for raising the minimum wage known as the "Fight for $15."
Illinois Governor Signs Bill To Protect Pregnant Women From Workplace Discrimination

Illinois Governor Signs Bill To Protect Pregnant Women From Workplace Discrimination

Accommodations provided by HB 8 may include temporary changes for heavy lifting and manual labor, ensuring access to seating, frequent restroom breaks, time off following childbirth, and break spaces for breastfeeding.
Workers Are Striking Thursday in Over One Hundred Cities

Workers Are Striking Thursday in Over One Hundred Cities

Unlike actions in months past, the September 4th action is the first to involve home care aides, a workforce made up of more than 2 million people. This is also the first time the labor union-led movement will engage in mass arrests and sit-ins.
Flexible Work Requests Produce "Fatherhood Bonus" and Motherhood Penalty

Flexible Work Requests Produce “Fatherhood Bonus” and Motherhood Penalty

Whereas men are rewarded at work for trying to help out at home, women continue to be penalized. The reason? Entrenched gender stereotypes.
EEOC Files Sexual Harassment Suit On Female Farmworkers' Behalf

EEOC Files Sexual Harassment Suit On Female Farmworkers’ Behalf

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several women farmworkers alleging that a Colorado potato warehouse violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by allowing managers to sexually harass female employees.
Department of Justice Sues Pennsylvania State Police For Sex Discrimination

Department of Justice Sues Pennsylvania State Police For Sex Discrimination

The US Department of Justice has filed suit against the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Police because of a discriminatory physical fitness test.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Union Limits and Voter ID Laws

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Union Limits and Voter ID Laws

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold laws that significantly decreased collective bargaining rights for workers and require photo identification at the polls.
Anniversary of Family Medical Leave Act Comes With Few Improvements

Anniversary of Family Medical Leave Act Comes With Few Improvements

The Family Medical Leave Act went into effect twenty-one years ago today. On this anniversary, many are calling to expand the law to meet the needs of today's families.