One of the first whistleblowers to highlight inadequate safety measures in U.S. workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic has sued the Bellingham hospital and staffing firm that fired him in March. Dr. Ming Lin filed the lawsuit in Whatcom County Superior Court last week, claiming wrongful termi...
In recent weeks, state and federal courts have seen a growing number of lawsuits from workers alleging they were fired for raising COVID-19-related health and safety concerns including a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). The complaints, also being filed with the Occupational Safety and...
Workers in Yakima County’s apple industry are exploring a range of options to secure hazard pay, increased safety assurances and other protections enjoyed by many essential workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. In early May, hundreds of employees went on strike from from at ...
Seattle-based Amazon.com has come under the scrutiny of federal labor regulators following worker allegations that the company retaliated against them for protesting safety conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public documents filed last week and viewed by Buzzfeed News. The Chicago-...
When she got pregnant, Otisha Woolbright asked to stop lifting heavy trays at Walmart. Her boss said she had seen Demi Moore do a flip on TV when she was nearly full-term — so being pregnant was “no excuse.” Ms. Woolbright kept lifting until she got injured. For years, American companie...
[caption id="attachment_8188" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, met the President-Elect at Trump Tower after the 2016 election. Why does the president hate him?[/caption] In a recent Op-Ed, Seattle native Timothy Egan wrote that P...
At major U.S. companies where just 10 percent of leaders are women, half of the male employees say that females were well-represented in the organization’s leadership, according to a recent study of corporate workers put out by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org. In sum, just a couple token w...
In a new report titled “Pointing Out: How Walmart Unlawfully Punishes Workers for Medical Absences,” the organization A Better Balance reveals how Walmart’s absence control program not only treats workers unfairly, but may actually be illegal. A few cases include the following: Ashana* got ...
Kay Jewelers and its parent company, Sterling Jewelers, faces a class-action lawsuit from thousands of former and current employees, who accuse the company of fostering “rampant sexual harassment and discrimination,” according to a Washington Post story on Monday. Women at the company have s...
By now you’ve probably heard about the Wells Fargo scandal, where the bank relentlessly pressured its employees to open new customer accounts, resulting in millions of “sham accounts” opened to meet unrealistic quotas.  Last month customers filed a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo, a...