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21st-Century Sweatshops: Pretty Nails “Cost” More Than You Think

An investigation launched by the New York Times has recently exposed the devastating, illegal conditions prevalent in many nail salons within New York City – conditions that include the stealing of tips, failure to pay overtime or even minimum wage, and the intense exposure to toxic fumes and chemicals. It’s hardly a reach to conclude that these sort of deplorable practices are occurring in North Carolina as well.

Bringing Domestic Worker Abuse into the Spotlight

An estimated 53 million people are employed as domestic workers around the world. At this moment, in Colorado, a class action lawsuit is unfolding, alleging that several sponsor organizations from the au pair program are failing to obey state minimum wage laws.

Women…Like Men, Only Cheaper

Women have overcome many obstacles within the workplace, but unfortunately gender inequality still continues to rear its ugly head. On average, women working full-time earn just 78 cents for every dollar men earn. And this is a trend that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. According to a report released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (“IWPR”), it will take until around the year 2058 for that gap to be rectified.

EEOC Data Reveals that Retaliation is at an All Time High

Though the amount of EEOC claims filed nationwide in fiscal year 2014 was down from 2013, the number of retaliation claims increased. In 2014, retaliation claims rose to their highest percentage ever at 42.5%. The second most common allegation, race discrimination, remained at a steady rate from 2013 at about 35%.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Federal Whistleblower

In Department of Homeland Security v. Robert J. MacLean, the U.S. Supreme Court found that a federal air marshal’s disclosure of air security plans were protected under the Federal Whistle Blower Protection Act and were not prohibited by law.