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President Obama Highlights Women’s Economic Agenda at White House Summit

President Obama Highlights Women’s Economic Agenda at White House Summit

Declaring that “when women succeed, America succeeds,” the President highlighted several items on the Women’s Economic Agenda – an agenda promoted by major women’s leadership organizations.
White House Holds Summit on Working Families Today

White House Holds Summit on Working Families Today

Ahead of the Summit, the White House released two reports on working families.
US Labor Secretary Speaks Out In Support of Paid Family Leave

US Labor Secretary Speaks Out In Support of Paid Family Leave

The US Labor Secretary was allowed to skip a Cabinet meeting recently for a more important appointment: his daughter's graduation.
American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Fired Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Fired Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Following sexual misconduct allegations, American Apparel's founder and Chief Operating Officer Dov Charney has been fired.
Trade Association Files Suit Against Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage

Trade Association Files Suit Against Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage

The International Franchise Association (IFA), a DC-based trade association representing corporations like McDonald's, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, and Dairy Queen, filed the lawsuit alongside five franchise owners who operate their businesses in Seattle.
Walmart Employees Strike Nationwide to Demand Higher Wages

Walmart Employees Strike Nationwide to Demand Higher Wages

The protesters demand that Walmart pay associates at least $25,000 per year and not retaliate against workers who strike.
Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Fired

Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Fired

The first woman to lead the New York Times as Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, was abruptly fired from her position last Wednesday. Although the New York Times officially denies the dismissal has to do with her gender or compensation, many feminist sources speculate that her dismissal had to do with her request for compensation equal to...
Minnesota Governor Signs Women's Economic Security Act

Minnesota Governor Signs Women’s Economic Security Act

Minnesota Governor Mike Dayton signed a package of bills into law this weekend aimed at eliminating discrimination against women in the workplace.
Fast Food Workers Will Hold The Largest-Ever Worldwide Day of Action Next Week

Fast Food Workers Will Hold The Largest-Ever Worldwide Day of Action Next Week

Workers will strike in 150 cities around the United States, and protests will be held in thirty other countries, including England, India, and South Africa.
Hawaii Legislators Pass Minimum Wage Increase

Hawaii Legislators Pass Minimum Wage Increase

Hawaii's legislature voted yesterday to increase the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
On 1st Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse, Need for More Change

On 1st Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse, Need for More Change

Workers protesting for higher wages, safer conditions, and better treatment, are often met with violence, and the government has had difficulty adhering to new safety regulations.
Florida Supreme Court Recognizes Anti-Discrimination Protections for Pregnant Workers

Florida Supreme Court Recognizes Anti-Discrimination Protections for Pregnant Workers

The 6-1 decision allows Peguy Delva to proceed with her lawsuit against her employer, real estate developer Continental Group.
Women's Rights Groups Pressure Walmart to Improve Pregnant Worker Policies

Women’s Rights Groups Pressure Walmart to Improve Pregnant Worker Policies

Walmart has updated its worker accommodation policy, but advocates say that the new policy may still allow discrimination against pregnant workers.
Breastfeeding Woman Pushed To Resign Will Not Get Discrimination Trial

Breastfeeding Woman Pushed To Resign Will Not Get Discrimination Trial

Despite the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978's bar on discrimination toward pregnant employees, many American women are forced out of their jobs or denied accommodations that would allow them to continue working once they become pregnant.
Obama Aims To Reform Overtime Pay Regulations

Obama Aims To Reform Overtime Pay Regulations

The changes could significantly improve the economy and boost income for 10 million Americans, especially lower-income people.
McDonald's Employees File 7 Class-Action Lawsuits For Wage Theft

McDonald’s Employees File 7 Class-Action Lawsuits For Wage Theft

“It is time for McDonald’s to stop skirting the law to pad profits. We need to get paid for the hours we work.”
House Democrats Seek International Convention on Gender-Based Violence In Workplace

House Democrats Seek International Convention on Gender-Based Violence In Workplace

House Democrats asked the Obama administration yesterday to support the International Labour Organization's (ILO) efforts to combat global gender-based violence in the workplace.
Rep. George Miller Speaks Out Against Garment Factory Conditions in Bangladesh

Rep. George Miller Speaks Out Against Garment Factory Conditions in Bangladesh

Citing meager wages, dangerous working conditions, and exploitative work practices, Miller called on the apparel industry to do more to improve working conditions and support the human rights of workers at garment factories in Bangladesh. "If they don't," Miller said, "their clothing labels may as well read: 'made with violence against women.'"
Family Medical Leave Act Turns 21 Today

Family Medical Leave Act Turns 21 Today

Some 100 million U.S. workers have enjoyed time off because of the FMLA, and most employers have reported no negative impact on business profitability or productivity because of the law.
Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Women's Economic Security Act

Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Women’s Economic Security Act

Last week, Minnesota lawmakers introduced an expansive legislative package -- dubbed the “Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014" -- to address a wide range of issues affecting women working outside of the home, including mandated paid sick leave, increased minimum wage and expanded access to childcare.