Labor Rights

Chicago Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Chicago has passed an ordinance requiring that all employers whose business is located within the city limits or who has licensing agreements with the city provide their employees with paid sick leave.

Massachusetts Passes Groundbreaking Equal Pay Law

Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed into law what is arguably the nation’s strongest equal pay measure.

Lawsuit Targets Gender Discrimination in Workers’ Compensation

Three California women filed a class-action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state workers’ compensation system of explicit and unfair gender bias.
Helen Chavez, a Founding Rock of the UFW, Remembered

Helen Chavez, a Founding Rock of the UFW, Remembered

The Feminist Majority Foundation celebrates the remarkable life of activist Helen Chavez, widow of the legendary co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) Cesar Chavez.

Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Law

In a win for labor unions, a Wisconsin state judge on Friday struck down the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law, ruling that private unions can collect fees from non-members for the services the union provides for these workers.

Supreme Court Decision Undermines Ploy to Weaken Public Unions

Public sector unions had a win today when the US Supreme Court split 4-4 in a closely watched case that threatened to undermine the collective bargaining process.

Over 800,000 Federal Contract Workers Will Receive Paid Sick Days Under Proposed Rule

Acting on an executive order introduced by President Barack Obama last year, the Department of Labor issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recently, outlining a strategy to secure paid leave for an estimated 828,000 federal contract workers, more than half of whom currently receive no paid sick days at all.

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.