Articles by Josh Eidelson

Twitter Sued for Mass Layoffs by Musk Without Enough Notice

Twitter Inc. was sued over Elon Musk’s plan to eliminate about 3,700 jobs at the social-media platform, which workers say the company is doing without enough notice in violation of federal and California law. A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday …

Comment to Pro-Union Starbucks’ Worker Was Threat, U.S. Labor Board Alleges

Starbucks Corp. interim Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz made comments during an April meeting with employees that US labor officials view as an illegal anti-union threat, according to a complaint Friday. In that meeting, an employee asked Schultz about retaliation …

U.S. Labor Board Accuses Starbucks in Buffalo of Retaliatory Firings

Starbucks Corp. violated federal law by firing, threatening, and carrying out surveillance on union activists in New York, U.S. labor board prosecutors alleged in a complaint. The agency’s Buffalo regional director said in a filing Friday that the company illegally …

Union Sues to Overturn Trump-Era Rule that Narrowed Definition of ‘Joint Employer’

The union behind the “Fight for $15” movement is suing to overturn a Trump-era rule that makes it harder to hold companies like McDonald’s Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. accountable for violations of franchised or sub-contracted workers’ rights. In a lawsuit …

Lawmakers Look to Spruce Up Gig Work Rather Than Replace It

Last week in Washington, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House passed a sweeping labor law overhaul that would make it much easier for gig workers to prove they’re actually employees with full-fledged union rights, rather than contractors as their bosses claim. Two …

Biden’s Choice for Labor Secretary — Boston’s Mayor Walsh— Signals Pro-Worker Policy

President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has named Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be labor secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Walsh would take control of a Labor Department that Biden has pledged to reorient toward workers, with a …

Trump EEOC Rule Aims to Slow Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits

The leader of the U.S. workplace anti-discrimination agency is pursuing a policy shift that could slow litigation against companies long after President-Elect Joe Biden takes office. Janet Dhillon, the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has recently circulated a …

Federal Judge Dismisses Amazon N.Y. Warehouse Workers’ COVID-19 Lawsuit

A federal judge dismissed New York warehouse workers’ lawsuit against Amazon, ruling that their allegations about the company’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic should have been brought to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration instead. The lawsuit filed in June …

Lawsuit Alleges Uber Uses ‘Biased’ Rider Ratings to Fire Drivers

Uber Technologies Inc. was accused in a lawsuit of violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act by firing minority drivers based on how they’re rated by customers. “Uber is aware that passengers are prone to discriminate in their evaluation of drivers, …

On-Demand Firms Seek to Protect ‘New’ Economy, Wealth From ‘Frankenstein’

Uber Technologies Inc. wants to smother what the company calls California’s “Frankenstein” gig-worker protection law before state officials turn it loose. Uber and Postmates Inc. are scheduled Friday to ask a federal judge in Los Angeles to block enforcement of …