Over the past year many workers, employers, attorneys and workers' rights advocates have been closely monitoring the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's move to crackdown on businesses for rigid leave-of-absence policies that automatically terminate employees when a person does not (or simpl...
Although the Supreme Court shot down a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart earlier this year, a group of women are continuing to pursue a lawsuit against the retail super giant using a new tactic.  The new lawsuit seeks to narrow the class of women alleging institutional discrimination to workers...
When reporting an injury and pursuing workers’ compensation, employees often encounter some obstacles in receiving their lawful benefit.  The last thing that should be on an employee’s mind is fear that their report of sustaining an injury should lead to any kind of retaliation. The Occupati...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held a public meeting in June focused on the use of medical leaves of absence as "reasonable accommodation" for employees' disabilities.  Two representatives from the EEOC, two advocates for disabled workers, and two panelists representing the busine...
Summer is in full swing but unfortunately the economy is still sputtering as the country moves toward recovery.  As college and high school students examine their job opportunities, many have discovered that is a massive decrease in the number of paid summer jobs usually filled by students.  Summe...
Gender discrimination on the job continues to be an issue that affects women across the country.  Although women have made great strides in achieving workplace equality, wage discrimination still exists. We reported in this blog recently on the struggle of former female Wal-Mart workers to form a ...
Labor & Industries claims continue to evolve across the States and a recent development in Michigan may signal an alarming trend in the downsizing of L & I Commissions that specialize in protecting injured worker rights in the face of business lobby interests. Governor Rick Snyder pressed a...
They have become known in the press around the world as the "Fukushima 50," the 50 anonymous workers who venture into the dark, flooded depths of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami that sent the plant's systems spinning perilously out of control...
On Tuesday, March 29, The Supreme Court heard arguments in what might be the largest, most important class action lawsuit in American history.  The top court is not deciding whether the women in the case were indeed victims of large-scale sex discrimination.  At issue is a procedural question: can...
The Corporate Food Industry has often been the scene of labor rights abuses ranging from dodging minimum pay laws to mandating long hours linked to the ebb and flow of customer patronage at  food establishments.  Many a waiter and waitress will tell you that they rarely are given the mandatory bre...