‘There are dire consequences’: Cashiers, delivery drivers struggled to get unemployment this spring as COVID-19 layoffs surged

News Story (NATIONAL)

‘There are dire consequences’: Cashiers, delivery drivers struggled to get unemployment this spring as COVID-19 layoffs surged

October 14, 2020 | Charisse Jones | USA Today
Unemployment insurance has been a lifeline for millions who've lost work during the outbreak of COVID-19. But many of the cashiers, delivery drivers and other service workers who needed those benefits most were unable to get them in the spring, a new report finds.
Tags: COVID-19 | Employment | Unemployment | Unemployment Insurance

COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

Op-Ed (Virginia)

COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

March 19, 2020 | Angela Ciolfi | Virginia Mercury
Poverty is not caused by poor people; it’s caused by system failure, discrimination and intentional exploitation. And our response to COVID-19 proves that it does not have to be this way. Together, we can create systems built to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color do not repeatedly bear the brunt of acts of nature like the coronavirus, or the human-made acts of inequitable laws and policies. We can make systems that work for low-income communities and communities of color all the time, not just during a crisis.
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Debt Collection | Education | Employment | Housing: Eviction | Immigration

When Pregnant Women Face Workplace Bias

Letter to Editor (NATIONAL)

When Pregnant Women Face Workplace Bias

June 24, 2018 | Laura Brown | New York Times (NYT)
The observation that many women “never file complaints because they can’t afford an attorney, don’t recognize that what happened to them is illegal or fear retaliation” is especially true of mothers in low-wage jobs. And for them, losing a job is much more than a setback.
Tags: Employment | Pregnancy | Workers Rights

After ‘Me Too,’ women want justice. Lawyers have bad news for them.

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After ‘Me Too,’ women want justice. Lawyers have bad news for them.

February 4, 2018 | Jessica Contrera | Washington Post
Despite the torrent of attention being paid to sexual harassment and discrimination, the legal system in place to respond to related claims has not changed. Many have been inspired to seek legal action only to learn that it’s probably too late to file a lawsuit.
Tags: Employment | Sexual Harassment | Workers Rights