Labor Rights
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.
Local Pregnancy Discrimination Laws Go Into Effect While PWFA Remains Stalled in Congress

Local Pregnancy Discrimination Laws Go Into Effect While PWFA Remains Stalled in Congress

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, currently stalled in both chambers of Congress, would require every employer in the nation to provide the same accommodations and protections to their employees.

Rhode Island Now Third State with Paid Family Leave Program

On Wednesday, Rhode Island became the third U.S. state to offer a paid family leave program, which will make most of the state workforce eligible to take paid time off to care for a new child or a sick loved one. “It’s for those unexpected, serious health crises that people can’t plan for,” said Senator Gayle...
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.