Labor Rights

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...
Con Edison to Pay $3.8 Million in Sex Discrimination Suit

Con Edison to Pay $3.8 Million in Sex Discrimination Suit

New York utility company Con Edison will be forced to pay $3.8 million to more than 300 of its women workers who were subjected to sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination.
Farmworker Women Awarded $17 Million in Sexual Harassment Suit

Farmworker Women Awarded $17 Million in Sexual Harassment Suit

In a landmark victory, a federal jury unanimously decided to award a $17 million settlement to five women farmworkers who were subjected to sexual harassment and intimidation.
Obama Issues Executive Order for Paid Sick Leave

Obama Issues Executive Order for Paid Sick Leave

This Labor Day, the Obama Administration utilized the three-day weekend to take a step toward making the country a little more family-friendly.
Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Overtime, Minimum Wage for Home-Care Workers

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Overtime, Minimum Wage for Home-Care Workers

Home care workers have protections for minimum wage and overtime pay, a federal appeals court decided on Friday.
NYC Police Officers Win Big in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

NYC Police Officers Win Big in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Giving birth is now an acceptable reason for missing NYPD promotion exams.
Netflix Employees Now Have Access to One Year of Paid Maternity or Paternity Leave

Netflix Employees Now Have Access to One Year of Paid Maternity or Paternity Leave

This progressive policy also includes that parents can return to work then take additional time off as needed.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules LGBT Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules LGBT Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination

The EEOC declared that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects the LGBT community from workplace discrimination.
Wisconsin Workers Just Lost Their Days Off

Wisconsin Workers Just Lost Their Days Off

Scott Walker signed off on a new budget last week that ended the state’s law banning seven-day work weeks.
President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans

President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans

President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women.
Marc Benioff Wants Women to Have Equal Pay and Opportunity at Salesforce

Marc Benioff Wants Women to Have Equal Pay and Opportunity at Salesforce

Marc Benioff has laid out a plan to ensure equal pay and equal hiring at the global cloud-based software company.
Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation

Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation

After a two-year campaign for compensation for the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization has succeeded in securing $30 million in compensation.
Murder Charges in Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse

Murder Charges in Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse

Bangladeshi officials have charged 41 people with murder for the April 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed at least 1,127 workers, many of whom were young women. Those charged include Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza, as well as at least a dozen government officials. Another individual was charged with building code violations. The multi-story...
New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Following a report by the New York Times on the exploitation of nail salon workers almost two weeks ago, New York state and city officials have partnered with advocates and volunteers to bring comprehensive educational programs and labor reforms to the 5,000 licensed salons in the state.
Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 on Tuesday to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for certain workers to $10.50 an hour effective July 2016, and then gradually to $15 an hour by 2020.
Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees

Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees

Facebook Incorporated Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced today that the social media powerhouse will be requiring improved benefits from its contractors, including higher pay, paid leave, and a $4,000 new child benefit.