Labor Rights
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Petition Overturning a Pregnancy Discrimination Decision

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Petition Overturning a Pregnancy Discrimination Decision

The court of appeals reasoned that firing a woman for breastfeeding is not sex discrimination because men can also lactate.
In Major Win for Women, President Obama Pushes for Paid Sick Leave

In Major Win for Women, President Obama Pushes for Paid Sick Leave

President Obama has announced his intention to sign a Presidential Memorandum "directing agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for parents with a new child," and to grant up to seven paid sick days to federal workers.
McDonald's Responsible for 86 Cases of Misconduct Against Workers

McDonald’s Responsible for 86 Cases of Misconduct Against Workers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled Friday that the McDonald’s corporation is responsible for several dozen complaints of retaliatory conduct against workers fighting for job improvements. Since November 2012, 291 charges have been filed against McDonald’s franchisees. Of that number, the NLRB said it found 86 cases of unlawful conduct which included firings, reduced hours, threats, surveillance,...
New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide

New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide

The Assembly Budget Committee of the New Jersey state legislature approved a paid sick leave bill Monday by a 6-4 vote.
Fast Food Strikes in Almost 200 Cities Launched Today

Fast Food Strikes in Almost 200 Cities Launched Today

Fast food, home care, retail and other low-wage workers in nearly 190 cities walked off the job today to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize.
Chicago Raises Minimum Wage But Could Face Opposition From State

Chicago Raises Minimum Wage But Could Face Opposition From State

The Chicago City Council Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill increasing the state's minimum wage to $13 an hour by mid-2019, but that decision could come under fire at the state level.
Walmart Workers Will Strike on Black Friday

Walmart Workers Will Strike on Black Friday

Walmart workers in at least six states have submitted formal strike notices for the day of Black Friday to demand higher, livable wages and better hours.
Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements

Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements

"I don't think I've ever been in a room with so much personal history, and so much future," Gloria Steinem said.
Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Employees in Massachusetts and in the cities of Oakland, California and Trenton and Montclair in New Jersey will be able to utilize their newly mandated sick leave by 2015.
Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday.
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.