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Remembering Héctor Figueroa

Published July 23rd, 2019 -

Héctor Figueroa hired me into my first job in the labor movement. In 2000, he and a new leadership team began at SEIU Local 32BJ, the massive building services union centered in New York City. Héctor was initially the Secretary-Treasurer (essentially the third... More »

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Sleeping to the Top: Recognizing a Sex-Based Stereotype

Published July 8th, 2019 -

In February, the Fourth Circuit ruled on Parker v. Reema Consulting Services., holding that rumors in the workplace that a female manager received a series of promotions because she was sleeping with a male manager constituted sexual harassment under Title VII... More »

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Workplace Ableism Is a Problem for ADA Rights

Published June 19th, 2019 -

Workplace ableism is hostile to employees with disabilities Imagine, if you will, a woman in her 30s with a masters degree who works for a healthcare research non-profit. She has Crohn’s disease and fibromyalgia, so the routine activities of a weekday can, at ... More »

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Exotic Dancers Join the Debate over Dynamex

Published June 17th, 2019 -

In February, Stormy Daniels published an op-ed arguing that exotic dancers should be “treated as freelancers, not employees.”  In doing so, she criticized the California Supreme Court’s adoption of the “ABC test” in Dynamex.  Under that test, a business that w... More »

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A Changing Landscape for Marijuana in the Workplace

Published June 10th, 2019 -

While 33 states have legalized medical marijuana, the drug remains illegal under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Under the CSA, the possession, distribution, manufacture, and sale of marijuana are illegal. As the number of states with medical marijuana la... More »

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Rise Up Retail Helps Workers Win Severance

Published June 5th, 2019 -

On September 18, 2017, Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy.  The toy retailer had been in decline since at least 2000, but ran into real trouble after a consortium of private equity and real estate firms bought the ailing private company in 2005 in a $6.6 billion l... More »