Can All Employees Be of the Same Ethnic Origin?

Can All Employees Be of the Same Ethnic Origin?

In 1985 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought a suit against a small company providing janitorial and cleaning services in Chicago (EEOC v. Consolidated Service Systems). The owner of the company, a Korean immigrant, was hiring mostly Koreans. He did it by relying on word of mouth rather than traditional means of advertising. The EEOC claimed that the company was discriminating in favor of the persons of Korean origin. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 explicitly prohibits any discrimination in hiring based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The court was looking for any evidence of an intentional discrimination, because the mere fact that […]

Who Are Whistleblowers?

Who Are Whistleblowers?

In the 19th century whistleblowing was literally about blowing a whistle, i.e. like what referee does during sports games like football or basketball. When referee is blowing the whistle it means that the game should stop. As we know it usually happens when a player or players violated the rules of the game. The referee would stop the game and take actions in relation to those who broke the rules. Gradually “whistleblowing” got its contemporary meaning of stopping something illegal by reporting about it to authorities. During the most part of the 20th century the public attitude to whistleblowers was ambivalent. Reporting to authorities was not that widespread and those […]

$15 Minimum Wage in New York

$15 Minimum Wage in New York

On Thursday September 10, 2015 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made an announcement about his plan to raise the minimum wage in the state of New York to $15 per hour. Mr. Cuomo made his announcement in the presence of Vice-President Joe Biden. Earlier this year upon Cuomo’s initiative the New York acting labor commissioner Mr. Musolino signed an order to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for those who work in fast-food industry in New York. Now the governor wants to extend it to all low wage workers in the state. He underlines in his statement that not only fast-food workers deserve $15 an hour, but all […]

Obama’s Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Obama’s Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On Labor Day September 7, 2015 during his meeting with labor leaders in Boston President Obama signed his Executive Order requiring companies that work under contracts with the federal government to extend a paid sick leave to their employees. Federal contractors’ employees are about 300,000 people. They will get this benefit. But it is still a fraction of our labor market. Most employees in various sectors of the national economy still don’t have it. According to Mr. Obama, right now about 40% of private sector workers, or about 44 million people in the U.S. “don’t have access to paid sick leave.” Under the terms of the Executive Order the employees […]

Maternity Leave

Maternity Leave

Unlike most or we should say all developed countries, the U.S.A. do not have a mandatory paid maternity leave. At the same time some tech companies have already declared that they would offer paid parental leave and other family related benefits. For instance, Microsoft announced that company’s female employees who just gave birth would be entitled to 20 weeks of paid leave. Netflix amended its parental leave policy by offering up to 12 months and potentially “unlimited” unpaid vacation time. Google is also revising its policy and offering more generous parental and family leave. It might look like a sign of a new nationwide trend. On the other hand, it […]