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FMLA Not Really Working For Many Employees

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, workers' rights groups say many employees still must choose between their family or their job.<p>They're marking the anniversary with calls to expand the law, and for Congress to pass a new one that would provide paid …

Fired for having a baby - Women’s Media Center

Fired for having a baby<p><b>São Paulo, Brazil—</b>Barbara Thomaz, a Brazilian TV personality, 33, lost her job at a public TV station after her maternal …

Project Examines Pregnancy in Illinois, Cook County Prisons

While completing her obstetrics residency a decade ago at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, Carolyn Beth Sufrin delivered a baby from a woman …

Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It

In a much-watched case, a Michigan agency has approved Nestlé's plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. The request attracted a record number of public comments — with 80,945 against and 75 in favor.<p>Nestlé's request to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to pump …

Nestlé

Peter Thiel’s data company Palantir will develop a new intelligence platform for the US Army

The platform, built in conjunction with Raytheon, will replace the Army’s aging Distributed Common Ground System<p>Peter Thiel’s data mining company Palantir Technologies has won a US Army contract to develop an intelligence platform that will replace an aging system that the Army currently used to …

For gig economy workers in these states, rights are at risk

Should gig economy workers, such as Uber drivers and Taskrabbits, be entitled to the same rights and benefits as regular employees?<p>Currently they aren't. And many of the online apps and platforms that offer the goods and services these workers provide would like to keep it that way. That frees …

Handy

How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>This story contains language that may be offensive.</i><p>In February 2009, Samantha Pierce became pregnant with twins. It was a time when things were going really well in her life.<p>She and her husband had recently gotten married. They had good jobs.<p>"I was a kick-ass community organizer," …

Pregnancy

A Short History of the Long Fight Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

We owe our current "moment of reckoning" to women like Eleanor Holmes Norton, a civil rights icon who held the first public hearings on sexism and discrimination in the US. Broadly spoke to Norton about how we got from there to where we are today.<p>Carmita Wood’s boss wouldn’t leave her alone. He …

Navajo Say Wells Fargo Defrauded the Elderly

ALBUQUERQUE (CN) — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday made Wells Fargo Bank’s disastrous legal year a little bit worse, filing a 17-count federal lawsuit …

Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy—And Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing

<i>This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>If you’re like me, you’ve probably been ignoring the bitcoin …

Bitcoin

Supreme Court asked if baker’s case protects religious rights or illegal discrimination

Two years after the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case that the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, the justices will consider this week whether it also protects business owners with religious objections from providing wedding services to these couples.<p>Religious liberty …

Who came up with the term ‘sexual harassment’?

There’s no realistic start-date for the practice of sexual harassment — it sadly stretches back as far as recorded history. But sexual harassment as we now know it is a relatively new concept. The term preoccupying the country and dominating conversation in every social sphere from media to …

The History Of Sexual Harassment At Work

Just weeks after public allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the list of men accused of similar offenses is …

Newman’s Own tax break

Why the GOP bill has a carveout for one celebrity charity.<p>It sells pasta sauce, lemonade, and 31 kinds of salad dressing with Paul Newman’s face splashed prominently on the label. Its profits go entirely to charity. And, if the GOP tax bill passes, it will more or less have a section of the U.S. …

The Tech Industry’s Gender-Discrimination Problem

The dramatic imbalance in pay and power has created the conditions for abuse. More and more, women are pushing for change.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>One day in 2013, AJ Vandermeyden drove to Tesla’s corporate headquarters, in …

Feminism

How Ellen Pao realized women ‘cannot succeed’ in Silicon Valley frat boy culture

<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b><p>And let’s turn to a different conversation on questions of sexism, in tech, finance and Silicon Valley.<p>Ellen Pao became a kind of cause …

Private-prison giant, resurgent in Trump era, gathers at president’s resort

DORAL, Fla. — In recent years, the private prison company GEO Group has held its annual leadership conference at venues near its Boca Raton headquarters. But this year, the company moved its gathering to a Miami-area golf resort owned by President Trump.<p>The event last week, during which executives …

Donald Trump

Meet the Women Who Are Breaking Glass Ceilings All Over the World in When Women Rule

Women account for nearly half of the global population, but only one in four of the world’s current politicians are female. That number goes down to …

Africa

Why Amazon's New $5 Billion Headquarters May Ruin Your City

There may be a few good reasons not to add your city to Amazon's shopping cart.<p>Formal bids in the nationwide search for Amazon's second headquarters are due Thursday, and cities have been pulling out all the stops to attract the $479 billion retail behemoth. From the 21-foot cactus that Tucson, …

The Cash Bail System Is Unconstitutional—So Why Won’t the Practice End?

This is the first article in <i>Rewire</i>‘s two-part series on the cash bail system. You can read part two here.Low-income people spend an average of 23 …

At Google, Employee-Led Effort Finds Men Are Paid More Than Women

SAN FRANCISCO — Female employees are paid less than male staff members at most job levels within Google, and the pay disparity extends as women climb the corporate ladder, according to data compiled by employees that provide a snapshot of salary information at the internet giant.<p>A spreadsheet, …

Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed

Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have …

Jeff Sessions is in charge of enforcing the Violence Against Women Act, and people are scared

Trump’s ban on transgender troops, explained

Trump just signed off on version 2.0 of the ban — after courts knocked down his previous efforts.<p>President Donald Trump is breathing new life into his attempts to ban transgender people from the military — with a new memo released months after a change in policy that began with a few tweets and was …

LGBTQI

Cory Booker And Elizabeth Warren Want To Treat Women In Prison Like Human Beings

A bill they're sponsoring would require federal prisons to provide free tampons and pads, and would ban shackling of pregnant women.<p>Two Democratic senators unveiled a bill on Tuesday that aims to drastically reform how the U.S. federal prison system treats women behind bars, a segment of the …

What does the jailing of its heir mean for Samsung?

<b>You just need to walk down the streets of Seoul to see how entrenched Samsung is as part of Korean life.</b><p>It is South Korea's largest "chaebol" - a Korean name made up of the words "clan" and "wealth", which together mean a massive family-owned empire - and makes up a fifth of the country's GDP.<p>It is …

New Order

Beauty<p>In January of this year, the United States Army revised its grooming and appearance regulations, including its ban on dreadlocks for female soldiers. Word of the policy change spread quickly, with black servicewomen up and down the ranks posting jubilant videos to social media, some of whom …

Anita Hill: Class Actions Could Fight Discrimination in Tech

The recent leak of a Google engineer’s screed against the company’s diversity initiatives is a reminder that the notion of Silicon Valley as the seat of human progress is a myth — at least when it comes to the way the women behind the latest in technology are treated.<p>The tech industry is stuck in …

Women, Gender, and Party Politics in the Black Panther Party

<i>This post is part of our</i> <i>online roundtable</i> <i>on Robyn Spencer’s</i> The Revolution Has Come<p>In the spring of 1967, Tarika Lewis and Elendar Barnes joined the …

Black History