Labor Rights
Bangladeshi Factory Owners Charged For Fire Deaths of 112 Workers

Bangladeshi Factory Owners Charged For Fire Deaths of 112 Workers

The owners and 11 employees of a Bangladeshi garment factory are facing charges for culpable homicide after the death of 112 workers in a fire last year.
Senator Warren Introduces Equal Employment for All Act

Senator Warren Introduces Equal Employment for All Act

“Families have not fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, and too many Americans are still searching for jobs. This is about basic fairness—let people compete on the merits, not on whether they already have enough money to pay all their bills.”
Court Allows New York Catholic Groups to Refuse Contraceptive Coverage

Court Allows New York Catholic Groups to Refuse Contraceptive Coverage

The ACA guarantees that all new health insurance plans cover FDA-approved contraceptives, including the pill and IUDs, without co-pays or deductibles.
ACLU Sues On Behalf of Pregnant Worker Forced Out of Job

ACLU Sues On Behalf of Pregnant Worker Forced Out of Job

"It's unfair to make me choose between earning a living and protecting my health and the health of my baby when I could still perform my job without doing any heavy lifting."
FAMILY Act Introduced Today

FAMILY Act Introduced Today

If passed, the act will help millions of workers afford take time off to address their own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member or new child.
President Obama Discusses Income Inequality, Calls for Change

President Obama Discusses Income Inequality, Calls for Change

"I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American."
Fast Food Workers Continue Strikes In Largest Action Yet

Fast Food Workers Continue Strikes In Largest Action Yet

This will be the largest action yet in the recent history of the fast food labor movement, with actions in 200 cities. Protesters are calling for $15 an hour wages, almost double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.
Massachusetts Senate Votes to Raise State Minimum Wage to $11

Massachusetts Senate Votes to Raise State Minimum Wage to $11

The raise will help over 600,000 workers, particularly women, who make up nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationwide.
Report Reveals LGBT People of Color Are Most Disadvantaged Workers

Report Reveals LGBT People of Color Are Most Disadvantaged Workers

Inequality, lack of workplace protections, and violence and discrimination in schools all contribute to high rates of poverty and unemployment for many LGBT workers of color.
Bangladesh Garment Workers Met With Violence During Protest for Higher Wages

Bangladesh Garment Workers Met With Violence During Protest for Higher Wages

Garment workers have held several strikes and protests demanding better pay and working conditions since the deadly Rana Plaza collapse that killed 1,127 people in April.
Employees Conduct Largest Strike in Walmart History

Employees Conduct Largest Strike in Walmart History

Protesters who went on strike on Thursday night demanded that Walmart pay all of its full-time employees at least $25,000 a year, contending that any amount less than that is not enough to live on.
Senate Passes  ENDA After 19 Years

Senate Passes ENDA After 19 Years

Twenty-one states have laws that protect against sexual orientation discrimination in workplaces, and 17 states protect against gender identity discrimination. This still leaves 33 states where a person can be fired for no other reason than being who they are.
Woman Sues After Being Harassed and Denied Space to Pump Breast Milk at Work

Woman Sues After Being Harassed and Denied Space to Pump Breast Milk at Work

"My employer ignored its legal obligations, allowed me to be bullied and harassed, and then retaliated against me for standing up for my rights."
35th Anniversary of the PDA Calls for Celebration, Improvements

35th Anniversary of the PDA Calls for Celebration, Improvements

Protections for pregnant workers are vitally important.
New York Women Rally for Pregnancy Discrimination Protections

New York Women Rally for Pregnancy Discrimination Protections

Currently only a handful of states provide protections for pregnant workers.
Over Half of Fast Food Workers Enrolled in Public Assistance Programs

Over Half of Fast Food Workers Enrolled in Public Assistance Programs

52 percent of fast-food workers are forced to enroll their families in public assistance programs to get by, costing American taxpayers almost $7 billion annually.
California Bans Employment Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims

California Bans Employment Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims

Only six other states and Puerto Rico have discrimination protections for victims.
Unpaid Intern Not Protected From Sexual Harassment

Unpaid Intern Not Protected From Sexual Harassment

After the incident, Wang, a Chinese citizen, alleges that Liu no longer expressed interest in hiring her permanently once she completed her Master's Degree.
SCOTUS Decision Breakdown: On Affirmative Action and Workplace Harassment

SCOTUS Decision Breakdown: On Affirmative Action and Workplace Harassment

So much SCOTUS, so little time. Here's our take on two of the high court's decisions from Monday.
The Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Fighting for the Schools Our Students Deserve

The Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Fighting for the Schools Our Students Deserve

UPDATE – Wednesday, September 19: The Chicago Teachers Union voted yesterday to end their strike and agreed today to a tentative offer put forward by the city of Chicago.  The agreement includes, among other things, an increase in pay for teachers, shorter school days, increased funding for music, art, and physical education classes as well...