For many U.S. workers, a job not only provides much-needed income, but also a sense of self-esteem, accomplishment and purpose. Often, a job becomes part of an individual's identity and co-workers become trusted colleagues and close friends. For individuals who have been fired or terminated from a job, the financial impact coupled with the blow to an individual's self esteem and psyche can be devastating. This is especially true in cases where an individual's termination is sudden and without warning or just cause.
Today in the U.S., a record number of women work outside the home. Many of these women strive to not only enjoy professional success, but also the joy of being a mother. While laws exist to protect the rights of pregnant women in the workplace, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the number of pregnancy discrimination cases has steadily increased during the last decade.
From an off-color joke or inappropriate comment to actual propositions and unwanted physical advances; millions of women and men have been the victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Frequently, actions that constitute as sexual harassment are initially brushed off in hopes the perpetrator will stop. In many cases, however, the behavior persists and intensifies in nature leaving a victim feeling upset, angry, confused, violated and embarrassed.
Marketed as a social media and networking hub for working professionals, California-based LinkedIn Corp. recently reported on the company’s tremendous growth which includes a membership base of 313 million users. While the company also recently enjoyed a nearly 50 percent increase in second-quarter revenue earnings, it also gained negative press for business activities that violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
On Wednesday, August 6, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick filed a historic lawsuit on behalf of the non-profit organization Advokids and current and former foster parents against the Department of Children and Family Services alleging that DCFS regularly violates and ignores the rights of foster parents taking care of society's most vulnerable children.
Labor unions play an important role in our democratic society. For years, unions have been advocating for and protecting employees when it comes to workplace safety, employee benefits and fair wages. There is power in numbers and labor unions provide a voice for employees whose concerns would otherwise fall on deaf ears and go unaddressed. Given the purpose and power of U.S. labor unions, it's no surprise that some corporations and businesses discourage or ban employees from forming them.