Vail Kohnert-Yount

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

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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 »

July 2nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 2, 2019

Published July 2nd, 2019 -

Yesterday, ProPublica broke the story that up to 9,500 U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are members of a secret Facebook group in which agents post racist and sexist content, raising questions about public employees’ freedom of speech off the job. C... More »

June 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 4, 2019

Published June 4th, 2019 -

The New York Times investigated ethics concerns surrounding Trump’s Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and her family’s shipping business in China. Chao, who served as Secretary of Labor in the Bush administration, canceled an elaborately plan... More »

May 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 21, 2019

Published May 21st, 2019 -

A New York Times investigation revealed what really burst the taxi medallion bubble. The recent deaths of many New York City taxi drivers by suicide has drawn attention to their debt burdens and financial struggles in a swiftly changing economy. While city off... More »

May 19th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 18-19, 2019

Published May 19th, 2019 -

A nonprofit called Mined Minds promised to turn former coal miners in West Virginia into skilled coders, with the goal to “diversify the economy of an entire region.” However, the New York Times profiled graduates of the program, who said that the ... More »

April 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 23, 2019

Published April 23rd, 2019 -

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will decide next term whether federal employment discrimination laws protect LGBT employees. The Court granted certiorari in three cases: Bostock v. Clayton County; Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda; and R.G. & G... More »