Vail Kohnert-Yount

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Show BioHide BioVail Kohnert-Yount is a student at Harvard Law School.

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 8, 2019

Published November 8th, 2019 -

Staff at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a historic civil rights organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, are forming a union. Yesterday, the News Guild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America, delivered a letter to the organization r... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — November 5, 2019

Published November 5th, 2019 -

After McDonald’s fired its CEO Steve Easterbrook for a relationship with an employee that violated corporate policy, its top human resources officer, David Fairhurst, has also departed as the fast-food giant faces renewed scrutiny of its record on sexual... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — November 1, 2019

Published November 1st, 2019 -

Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash have unveiled their ballot initiative to undo the worker protections in California’s recently passed AB5 law. While these gig economy giants claim that drivers will receive guaranteed pay equal to 120% of the minimum wage, a stud... More »

October 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 22, 2019

Published October 22nd, 2019 -

Accounting giant Ernst & Young is under fire for a seminar it held for women executives at the height of the #MeToo movement in June 2018. A 55-page presentation used during the day-and-a-half training on women’s “leadership and empowermentR... More »

October 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 8th, 2019

Published October 8th, 2019 -

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in three cases that turn on whether Title VII’s protections against sex discrimination extend to anti-LGBTQ discrimination, as Lolita reported yesterday. Aimee Stephens, Gerald Bostock, and the family of Donald ... More »

September 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 24, 2019

Published September 24th, 2019 -

As the UAW strike enters its second week, General Motors announced yesterday that more than 1,200 U.S. and Canadian workers in the U.S. and Canada would be furloughed. Meanwhile, the Texas Observer reported on autoworkers from GM’s immensely profitable A... More »

September 22nd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— September 22nd, 2019

Published September 22nd, 2019 -

More than 1,200 students at 17 universities have signed a pledge not to take jobs with Palantir, a big data analytics company, until it drops its software development contracts with ICE. Under the name #NoTechForICE, the campaign is modeled on similar efforts ... More »

September 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary— September 10, 2019

Published September 10th, 2019 -

Amazon’s nationwide delivery network is made up of hundreds of small companies that exert tremendous pressure on drivers to deliver hundreds of packages, one almost every two minutes, for a flat rate each eight-hour shift. Buzzfeed investigated the resul... More »

September 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 4, 2019

Published September 4th, 2019 -

Leif Olson, a Department of Labor official appointed by the Trump administration last month, resigned after a Facebook post he wrote was made public. Four hours after Bloomberg Law requested comment from the White House and DOL about a 2016 post in which Olson... More »

August 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 27, 2019

Published August 27th, 2019 -

Canvassers at the Fund for the Public Interest, a fundraising group affiliated with progressive organizations including the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club, and Planned Parenthood, have accused management of interfering with their attempt to unionize.... More »

July 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 30, 2019

Published July 30th, 2019 -

As the hottest month of the summer approaches, Texas workers are dying on the job at alarming rates. Every year since 2009, Texas has registered more deaths on the job than any other state. In 2017, a worker in Texas died at work every 16 hours, exceeding the ... More »

July 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—July 16, 2019

Published July 16th, 2019 -

Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota, Germany, and beyond went on strike yesterday through today⁠—coinciding with Amazon’s fifth annual Prime Day⁠—to protest low wages and high pressure working conditions, as well as the company’s contracts with I... More »