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June 20th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 20, 2019

Published June 20th, 2019 -

Two decades after its introduction, the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate yesterday.  The bill guarantees farmworkers collective bargaining rights, workers’ compensation, and unemployment benefits, and also... More »

June 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 6, 2019

Published June 6th, 2019 -

In the ongoing case of Chamber of Commerce v. City of Seattle dealing with the legality of Seattle’s for-hire vehicle driver collective bargaining ordinance, the Chamber and co-plaintiffs moved for summary judgment in February, arguing that the ordinance is pr... More »

April 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – April 26, 2019

Published April 26th, 2019 -

The Eighth Circuit stayed further consideration of Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Bostock and Zarda.  Horton, like the aforementioned cases, concerns whether Title VII’s bar against discrimination ... More »

April 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 25, 2019

Published April 25th, 2019 -

In Lamps Plus v. Varela, the Supreme Court held yesterday that “[u]nder the Federal Arbitration Act, an ambiguous agreement cannot provide the necessary contractual basis for concluding that the parties agreed to submit to class arbitration.”  In the case, Lam... More »

April 12th, 2019

News & Commentary—April 12, 2019

Published April 12th, 2019 -

Uber acknowledged Thursday in a filing for its initial public offering that classifying its drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors, would require a fundamental shift in the ride-hailing app’s business model.  Uber currently classifies its dr... More »

March 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 14, 2019

Published March 14th, 2019 -

Yesterday Democrats in both the House and the Senate reintroduced the Equality Act, a bill that would bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  Forty-four business groups, inclu... More »

February 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 8, 2019

Published February 8th, 2019 -

Yesterday a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided against a transgender employee who brought a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex under Title VII.  Nicole Wittmer, a transgender woman, sued Phillips 66 after the company withd... More »

January 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 17, 2019

Published January 17th, 2019 -

Yesterday Representatives Bobby Scott, Stephanie Murphy, and Mark Pocan and Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders announced their introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019.  The bill would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its present ra... More »

October 25th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — October 25, 2018

Published October 25th, 2018 -

In a brief to the Supreme Court yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice argued that Title VII’s prohibition against workplace discrimination on the basis of sex does not protect workers against discrimination on the basis of transgender identity or transitio... More »

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Labor Organizing in Drag: You Better Work Together

Published May 10th, 2018 -

Over twenty-five years after the hit single “Supermodel (You Better Work)” launched RuPaul’s career, the drag queen and pop icon has found a second career as the host, lead judge, and executive producer of the VH1 reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since the ser... More »