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Payments in $12.7M Local 28 Union back wages settlement finally doled out

In the United States, labor unions have long been heralded for promoting workers’ rights and fighting for fair wages. However, the story of New York City's Local 28 Union of the Sheet Metal Workers proves that, even in unions that were founded to promote equality, there is hierarchy and widespread discrimination that persists even today.

What rights do pregnant workers in New York City have?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of 2010, women age 16 and up made up 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. In addition to working part or full-time, a significant percentage of working women in the U.S. are also mothers or plan to one day become mothers. For women who are pregnant or who have recently had a baby, there are numerous normal and natural changes that occur to one's body that may alter one's physical needs and abilities.

Judge rules wage bond requirement imposed on city's nail salon owners will stand

Last May, The New York Times published an article which was aptly named "The Price of Nice Nails." In it, the sordid details of what life is like for the thousands of immigrants who work at New York City's roughly 2,000 nail salons were described. The workers are mostly young women from countries including Korea, China, Mexico, Ecuador and Tibet.

Fighting sexual harassment in male-dominated professions

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, behaviors and actions that are commonly classified as being sexually harassing in nature include lewd comments and jokes, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and sexual assault. Such acts may be committed against an employee by a fellow employee like a supervisor or co-worker or by a client or customer with whom an employee must interact as part of their assigned work duties.

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