Over the past few years, Silicon Valley has come under sharp criticism for its treatment of women. The New York Times' reporter Nellie Bowles recently wrote about a growing number of men in tech who are pushing back against gender equality in their line of work. Journalist Kai Ryssdal subsequen...
Are we entering a new golden era for American workers? For a couple of years now, workers’ median earnings have been consistently rising at a rate not seen in years. This may seem unexpected following decades of wage stagnation, when the good jobs of an earlier industrial and manufacturing e...
** UPDATE: On Thursday the Trump administration announced it would temporarily waive the Jones Act to ease hurricane aid shipments.** As Puerto Ricans dive into the massive clean-up effort following Hurricane Maria, they’re already looking to fellow Americans on the mainland for assistance. ...
  For decades now, median earnings for women have been stuck at about 20 percent below men’s. Why hasn’t there been more progress on wage equality? The answer may lie with a troubling new research study: work done by women just isn’t valued as much. That explanation sounds li...
When men and women complete school and enter the workforce, they’re typically paid at comparable levels. But before long, a gender pay gap appears, and it continues to widen over the next two decades. So what explains that change? The answer can be found by examining when the gender pay gap...
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 ...
Americans, we assume, believe in competition. But a huge number of workers — 30 million, according to a report from the Treasury Department — are restricted by “noncompete agreements” forbidding them from leaving to work for a competitor or start their own competing business. And that number...
Starbucks made the headlines and got some great press earlier this year for extending parental leave to hourly workers, but most people missed the inequality in the fine print: the coffee behemoth is giving much better benefits to its well-paid, white-collar corporate employees. The new policy, wh...
Workplaces have to make rules—that’s a given.  But is it necessary that they be shortsighted and lazy attempts at creating order? Many of us can understand the temptation. As any company grows, so does our difficulty maintaining standards. There are numerous instances where people cross a li...
Having kids typically makes it harder to advance in your career, according to overwhelming body of research. According to a new poll, most U.S. workers feel that employers aren’t doing enough to support parents returning to their jobs after they take time off to raise children. 57% report ...