June 14, 2008 |
State officials are shutting down a San Joaquin Valley farm labor contractor that hired a pregnant teen who died while pruning grapes last month. Authorities suspect 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez died because Merced Farm Labor denied her proper access to shade and water even as she worked in 100-degree heat. The California Department of Industrial Relations issued the stop-work order Thursday.
August 17, 2007 |
While Gap Inc.'s stores have been disappointing shoppers and investors, the factories making the retailer's clothes have been treating workers better, according to the company's latest assessment of its labor practices. The update released Thursday marked the third time the owner of the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains had publicly critiqued the conditions in overseas factories often derided as "sweatshops" because of abuses inflicted on employees.
March 30, 2007 |
In a filing with the National Labor Relations Board, the Southern California grocery workers union alleged that the Albertsons supermarket chain violated federal labor law in the days leading up to a vote by workers Sunday that gave union leaders the power to call a strike. A three-year contract for workers at three major Southland grocery chains is set to expire April 9 after two extensions in the last month.
February 9, 2007 |
The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against the Westin Los Angeles Airport, accusing the hotel of violating labor law by telling employees to remove union buttons and suspending those who refused. The board issued the complaint last month after Unite Here Local 11, a union representing hotel employees, charged that the hotel in July unlawfully prohibited employees from wearing union buttons and insignia. At least 26 were suspended, the complaint said.
October 13, 2006 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. forced employees to work through rest breaks and off the clock, violating Pennsylvania labor laws, a state jury found Thursday. The jury, however, ruled in Wal-Mart's favor on the claim that it denied workers meal breaks. The jury now must decide damages in the class-action suit, which covers as many as 187,000 current and former hourly Wal-Mart workers. Plaintiffs' lawyers say the damages could reach $162 million. The Bentonville, Ark.
June 7, 2006 |
Two law firms representing former employees of Washington Mutual Inc. in California, New York and Illinois have sued the Seattle-based thrift, accusing the company of violating labor laws by failing to pay overtime and the federal minimum wage. The complaint, filed Monday in New York federal court, alleged that in some cases, Washington Mutual home loan consultants were not paid for hours they worked on a case if they did not close the loan.