Workplace

The Wage Gap Between Black and White Workers Is Even Worse Today Than It Was After the Civil Rights Movement

Here's some good news and bad news about the economy. The good news is, the median American household income is up, the highest it’s been since pre-recession 2007. The bad news? Not surprisingly, not all American households are created equal. Despite the growing trend of prosperity among family groups and a (somewhat disputed) wave of general economic growth since the end of the recession, the gains have not been distributed fairly to black Americans. In fact, the wage gap is growing between black and white Americans, and today, the gap is the widest it's been in 40 years. 

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The 10 Biggest Companies That Spare Their Employees the Humiliation of Drug Testing

For the past 35 or so years, millions of American workers have had to submit to a humiliating, privacy-invading procedure to get or keep a job: the urine sample drug test. As hard as it may be to imagine, it wasn't always like that—and it isn't like that in the rest of the world.

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Ivanka Trump’s 5-Step Guide to Getting the Job You Want

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why you, just a regular woman who works, haven’t managed to embrace your amazing multidimensional life and fully prioritize all of your passions — from grooming your appropriately glamorous young children to putting your eponymous apparel and accessories company on the back burner to take an unpaid job in your dad’s office — and package them into one Instagram-friendly personal narrative, your name probably isn’t Ivanka Trump.

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Will Workplace Safety Survive a Trump Presidency?

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly promised to bring back U.S. factory jobs. The message resonated with blue-collar workers and Trump’s success is credited, in large part, to voters who have seen their jobs disappear and livelihoods diminish as U.S. manufacturing companies moved toward automation or just plain moved—to places with lower labor costs, like Mexico. Trump also campaigned on a promise to eliminate regulations, a position now central to his incoming administration’s policies.

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Why Is Tennessee's Government Refusing to Release Sexual Harassment Data on Its Members?

In September, the Tennessee legislature voted to oust Jeremy Durham, a GOP state representative who has been accused of sexual misconduct with at least 22 women, yet the state won't release sexual harassment data on any other Tennessee lawmakers.

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This New Rule Will Make Information About On-the-Job Injuries at Dangerous Workplaces Public

More than 3 million U.S. workers suffer a workplace injury or illness every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—numbers that are thought to be significantly underreported. But astonishingly, little or no information about at which workplaces these occur is made available to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency responsible for enforcing U.S. workplace safety. Neither is this information made public.

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Why Working Women Are More Likely to Be Overweight

Working women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and 51 percent of professional workers, like doctors, lawyers, nurses and accountants, are female. While climbing the career ladder can be rewarding, it often comes with one big downside: weight gain!

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Former Employees Blame Samsung for Cancer

Han Hye-kyung’s wheelchair is folded and leaning against the wall at the apartment entrance two floors below. There is no need for her wheelchair in this tiny apartment. The main room has no furniture, just appliances: a refrigerator, stove, sink and a second refrigerator for storing kimchee, the spicy fermented vegetable dish. There is a bedroom on either side of the room and a bathroom.

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The 'Devious Defecator' Case Shows Why Employers Should Never Ask For DNA

If someone poops on the floor at work, can your boss test your DNA to see if you’re the culprit? That is what Federal District Judge Amy Totenberg was asked to decide in the case of the “devious defecator.”

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Why Is It Still So Hard For Women To Prove Workplace Discrimination, Even When It's Painfully Obvious?

The following is an excerpt from  Under The Bus; How Working Women Are Being Run Over  by Caroline Fredrickson (The New Press, 2015):

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Your HR Department Hates You: How Corporate Overseers Exploit Workers

For most of the 20th century, corporations got along just fine without human resources departments. Instead, they had personnel managers who found new employees and handled the welfare of those on payroll. Personnel managers were pretty low on the corporate totem pole, quietly administering a multitude of banal tasks.

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