Monthly Archives: November 2012

Wal-Mart Workers are Seeing Red on Black Friday

By Danielle Gonnella One of America’s largest retailers and private employers with 1.4 million employees, Wal-Mart, may face some troubles staffing its stores this holiday season. Wal-Mart workers are in the midst of record-setting “Black Friday” protests that could culminate in thousands of strikes over a nine-day span in areas such as Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Oklahoma, […]

Hostess Workers Strike Protesting Cuts to Wages and Benefits

By Basim Motiwala This past September, employees at Hostess Brands came together and overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer by the company that seeks to cut wages and benefits by as much as 32%.  The contractual dispute led to the workers deciding to begin a strike on November 9, 2012 against the well-known maker of Wonder […]

Former NBA Superstar Magic Johnson Named in Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

By Michael C. Fallings Former NBA superstar and current business mogul, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, faces allegations of age discrimination and wrongful termination by his former employee, Lanita Thomas.  Thomas, who worked almost eight years for Johnson as his personal flight attendant on his private jet, states that Johnson fired her after she was “15 minutes […]

Game Time for Civil Rights: Gender & Age Discrimination in the Professional Sports Industry is on the Table Again

By Lorna Lunney Less than a month after a major $3 million dollar gender discrimination suit filed against the NBA, the issue is now at the forefront of the NFL with a case filed against Detroit Lions Inc..  Kimberly Doverspike, 49, filed a complaint on October 31 in the Wayne Circuit Court with claims of […]

Score for the Middle Class…. Right?

By Joanna Solloway In the midst of the presidential elections, AFL-CIO announced that workers at First Transit Region 3 overwhelmingly voted to form their own union with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 757.  The honorable objective of this new union is to give a stronger voice to Region 3 in efforts to promote collective […]

Storm Continues to Stir Up Union Controversies

By Allison Pearson Labor unions raise no shortage of controversies in the current American economy.  Some commentators have postulated that labor unions helped President Obama secure a second term by tipping the polls in his favor in Ohio. At the same time, however, an August 2012 Gallup Poll shows that public of approval of labor […]

Supreme Court to Review FLSA Case That Could Limit Employee Remedies

by Co-Managing Editor Emily Pantoja The Supreme Court recently granted cert to review a case that could have an impact on future class action cases and remedies for employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 656 F.3d 189 (3d Cir. 2011), nurse, Laura Symczyk alleged that her employer […]

Entire Issue: Vol. 2, Book 2 ARTICLES Michael L. Artz, Beyond Wisconsin: Union Rights Admist State Attacks on Public Sector Collective Bargaining Harold Datz, Stripping Public Employees’ Rights for Wisconsin Budget Repair: Reality or Rhetoric? PANELS Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Is 1.6 Million Women 0.6 Million Too Many? NOTES Scott B. Mac Lagan, New Process Steel: Stevens’ Last Stand Against […]

The Gender Pay Gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act

By Staffer Angela Bouliakis Currently, federal law prohibiting job discrimination includes: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from […]

Gender Discrimination in the NBA: A Demonstration of a Larger Problem

Fitting into this election season’s discussion of women’s rights, the NBA is facing a three million dollar gender discrimination suit. Longtime NBA employee Brynn Cone is suing the National Basketball Association, Inc., NBA Entertainment, Inc., and NBA Properties, Inc., alleging she was underpaid, under-promoted, and ultimately forced out of the organization because of her gender, […]