Sometimes the law is on the side of workers in cases of employment discrimination. But often it isn’t.  If you happen to be a person of color, a woman, older or disabled, the chances are high that if you fought the law, the law won. The recent bombshell news of decades-long sexual harassment b...
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...
  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...
[caption id="attachment_7819" align="alignright" width="400"] The decline of the summer job.[/caption] Summer is finally drawing to a close, and on average, American teenagers who wanted jobs found it a little easier to land one than teens in recent years. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.3%...
Up until recently, most teenagers had summer jobs. But things are different now. In fact, the number of teens who land summer jobs has fallen for decades, and just reached its lowest point ever. NPR host Kelly McEvers interviewed Ben Steverman, who has been covering the trend for Bloomberg. A summar...
A proposed income tax on the highest earners in Seattle could move forward to a vote this summer. A resolution sponsored by Council member Lisa Herbold this week aims for a vote by July. The income tax idea has been getting a lot of attention since last week, when Seattle Mayor Ed Murray voiced s...
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...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had doubled down on his company’s opposition to President Trump's federal ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations. In an email sent to Amazon employees yesterday, Bezos stated that Amazon would put its lobbying weight to work to oppose the ban, both ...
[caption id="attachment_6912" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Fast-food workers in L.A. on Thursday protest against restaurant-chain mogul Andrew Puzder, who was tapped by President Trump for labor secretary.[/caption] Andrew Puzder, who President Trump has nominated as our next Labor secretary, p...