Labor Rights

Puzder Withdraws and a New Labor Secretary is Nominated

Today, President Trump announced Alexander Acosta, a former federal judge and current law school dean, as his nominee to serve as secretary of the Department of Labor following Andrew Puzder’s Wednesday afternoon withdrawal of his nomination.

Raising the Minimum Wage Wins at the Ballot Box

On Tuesday, four states voted to raise their minimum wages in light of Congress’ refusal to touch the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

Women in France Protest the Gender Wage Gap

Women in France intend to leave work on Monday at 4:34 pm in protest of the gender wage gap that persists in many workplaces.

Today is Latina Equal Pay Day

Today is Latina Equal Pay Day, the day of 2016 that Latina women would need to work to in order to accumulate what a white man earned in 2015.

Today is the 38th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Today is the 38th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the first federal law guaranteeing protections on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and other related conditions under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Women in Iceland Protest the Gender Wage Gap

Women in Iceland walked out of work at 2:38 pm on Monday to protest the gender wage gap that persists in the country.

Apple’s Inclusive iOS10 Emojis Release Blemished by Company’s Toxic Work Environment

Apple’s highly anticipated release of empowering female emojis has been scarred by the leaking of over 50 pages of emails that reveal the company’s misogynistic work environment.

New Jersey Governor Vetoes $15 Minimum Wage

This week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised the state’s minimum wage from $8.38 to $15 dollars an hour by 2021.

Chicago Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Chicago has passed an ordinance requiring that all employers whose business is located within the city limits or who has licensing agreements with the city provide their employees with paid sick leave.

Massachusetts Passes Groundbreaking Equal Pay Law

Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed into law what is arguably the nation’s strongest equal pay measure.

Lawsuit Targets Gender Discrimination in Workers’ Compensation

Three California women filed a class-action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state workers’ compensation system of explicit and unfair gender bias.
Helen Chavez, a Founding Rock of the UFW, Remembered

Helen Chavez, a Founding Rock of the UFW, Remembered

The Feminist Majority Foundation celebrates the remarkable life of activist Helen Chavez, widow of the legendary co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) Cesar Chavez.

Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Law

In a win for labor unions, a Wisconsin state judge on Friday struck down the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law, ruling that private unions can collect fees from non-members for the services the union provides for these workers.

Supreme Court Decision Undermines Ploy to Weaken Public Unions

Public sector unions had a win today when the US Supreme Court split 4-4 in a closely watched case that threatened to undermine the collective bargaining process.

Over 800,000 Federal Contract Workers Will Receive Paid Sick Days Under Proposed Rule

Acting on an executive order introduced by President Barack Obama last year, the Department of Labor issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recently, outlining a strategy to secure paid leave for an estimated 828,000 federal contract workers, more than half of whom currently receive no paid sick days at all.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Public Unions Case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in a case that threatens to upend nearly forty years of precedent and deal a major blow to public unions across the country.

Minimum-Wage Workers Fight for $15 in Cities Across America

Low-wage workers around the country—the majority of whom are women—gathered Tuesday to strike for $15 an hour.
Protecting NYC Restaurant Workers from Sexual Harassment

Protecting NYC Restaurant Workers from Sexual Harassment

Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit working to end violence against women and children around the world, has launched an innovative project that aims to prevent sexual harassment of restaurant workers.
Sheryl Sandberg Releases Women In the Workplace Study

Sheryl Sandberg Releases Women In the Workplace Study

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the founder of Lean In has launched Women In The Workplace, a study that looks at the state of women in corporate America.
Over 200 Business Professors Urge Congress to Support Paid Leave Law

Over 200 Business Professors Urge Congress to Support Paid Leave Law

In an unprecedented effort to spur legislative action, 203 professors from the nation’s highest ranking business schools sent Congress a letter Tuesday, urging the passage of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a law which would guarantee up to 12 weeks of partial income for employees on medical leave. Currently, a mere 13...