workers' rights

Zara customers finding notes in their clothes from workers who made garments

Spanish fashion retailer Zara is under scrutiny again. This time, not for a children’s “Holocaust shirt,” an alt-right mascot Pepe the Frog denim skirt or creating a “Love Your Curves” campaign around not-so-curvy models. You have got to be shitting me, Zara. pic....

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 7:20pm

Justice Department claims LGBT workers aren't protected from workplace discrimination

As President Donald Trump tweeted the U.S. military would no longer “accept or allow” transgender people to serve, the LGBT community was dealt another blow this week as the Justice Department claimed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect people from workplace discrimination on...

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 9:36am

Czech Republic nuclear power plant hosts bikini contest to pick high schoolinterns

When it came time for a Czech nuclear power station to choose its summer interns, they decided to host a bikini contest. Czech power conglomerate CEZ couldn’t quite narrow down the pool of candidates, so they asked 10 female applicants to don swimwear and pose inside a cooling tower...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 6:56pm

Modern-day slavery alive in Cambridge as couple refuses wages to domestic worker: AG

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office is cracking down on modern-day slavery, and a Cambridge couple is paying more than $35,000 following allegations they failed to pay a live-in domestic worker who cared for their children. The story seems to be ripped straight from the cover of a...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 5:24pm

Can you be fired for being pregnant or nursing?

You might not think “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the realistic future of the United States, but undeniable pressure has been placed on women who fear the loss of reproductive rights. The Trump administration has seemingly waged a war on the womb from acting to defund Planned...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 1:06pm

Pregnant workers' rights bill set to pass in Massachusetts

Legislation mandating accommodations for pregnant women on the job appears likely to become law this session, barring unforeseen complications, after the Massachusetts House unanimously passed a bill that already has the support of a majority of the Senate and the governor. The so-called Pregnant...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:48am

May Day protest in Union Square unites immigrants, workers, socialists andanarchists

Protesters from various workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights organizations met at Union Square for a May Day rally on Monday evening. May 1, a spring holiday, is also the day chosen as International Workers Day to commemorate the Chicago workers strike of 1886. President Trump...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 12:54pm

Airline employee awarded settlement after denied place to pump breast milk

An airline settled with a flight attendant who said she had nowhere to pump breast milk, awarding her $30,000 for emotional distress and attorney fees. The flight attendant for Endeavor Air, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines, pumped breast milk in 2015 to feed her underweight newborn. When the woman...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:41am

Trial date set for business owner in fatal trench collapse

The owner of the company whose two employees died when a trench collapsed and flooded last October is headed to trial on charges of manslaughter and impeding the police investigation into the deaths, authorities said.Prosecutors say Kevin Otto of Blackstone knew the dangers of sending workers into...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:57pm

Black, Latino workers accuse Amazon of discrimination

Black and Latino delivery drivers have filed a class-action complaint against Amazon, alleging discriminatory background checks led to their firing last year.Lawyers for the local driversfiled the complaint Tuesday with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the state agency...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:57am

Mass. workers say $11 minimum wage is still not enough

Massachusetts' minimum wage is one of the highest in the country, but low-income workers say they need a pay raise.On Jan. 1, the state's minimum wage rose to $11, the final hike in a three-step process to raise the minimum wage. But as Massachusetts settles into its higher wage, more than a dozen...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 4:13pm

Thirteen arrested at $15 minimum wage rally in Center City rally

As part of a national day of action, some airport and fast-food workers staged a one-day strike and rally in Philadelphia to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage.Thirteen were arrested, organizers said.They protested alongside employees in other low-wage industries Tuesday, in an action organized by...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 11:52pm

Trump victory prompts Philly civil liberties, immigrant advocates to mobilize in opposition

A number of local grassroots groups say they are mobilizing against Donald Trump’s conservative agenda, prompted in part by several reported incidents of racist behavior directed at minorities in the days following his presidential vctory.On Sunday, President-elect Trump urged supporters who were...

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:25pm

Why working a shorter week would make us more productive

Many social organizations, renowned experts and even one of the richest men in the world, Carlos Slim, have voiced their enthusiasm for a shorter working week, with the aim of improving the lives of employees and boosting the economy.There are existing success stories to support the move for a...

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 2:16am

Gen Z is adulting so hard right now

Apparently, Gen Z got the memo that a sense of purpose and office ping-pong don’t go far when it comes to career-building. This latest generation’s biggest motivator? Money, according to a recent report from career behemoth Monster. RELATED:How to deal with a toxic employeeThe report, based on a...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 9:29pm

How to get your money if you were cheated by your boss

More than 1,000 people are owed more than $5 million in unclaimed wages and New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announced a “Know Your Rights” campaign on Wednesday to connect the workers with the wages.The Comptroller’s Office is holding more than $5 million in unclaimed prevailing wages...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 2:30pm

How to deal with a toxic employee

It’s every manager’s worst nightmare: one of your team members has suddenly turned toxic.“I define a toxic employee as somebody who is very unhappy in their career and is often angry and frustrated at work,” says Michelle Mazur, a communication consultant based in Seattle. “That person can then...

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 8:28pm

These tech-savvy teens are taking feminism to the next level

When 17-year-old AissatouToureput her impressive tech skills to use, the coding newcomer decided to focus on an age-old problem: The gender wage gap, which she and four other teen girls tackled with a Pac-Man-like video game called “Wage Rage.”RELATED: What you need to know about studying abroad“We...

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:08pm

Careers during — and after — cancer

Cancer is not a death sentence. Many people living with the disease continue to work throughout their diagnosis and treatment.But by its very nature, cancer is disruptive. No one finds working while receiving chemo or radiation an “orderly situation,” says Rebecca Nellis, chief mission officer at...

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 8:30pm

Millennial men will take time off for themselves, but not their kids

Millennials desire meaningful careers, ones where they can make an impact by curating the perfect stock photo of a guy with a man bun.RELATED: Is the workplace ready for Gen Z?An international study by consulting firm Manpower Group released earlier this week found that across the globe millennials...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 9:35pm