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Employment Status For “Essential Workers”: The Case For Gig Worker Parity, Miriam A. Cherry 2022 Saint Louis University School of Law

Employment Status For “Essential Workers”: The Case For Gig Worker Parity, Miriam A. Cherry

All Faculty Scholarship

This Article explores what I call the “essential worker paradox”: During the pandemic, gig workers have been recognized as providing critical and important services. At the same time, the law has yet to recognize gig workers fully and to commit to providing them with the same basic protections as employees. The Article argues that the stark difference in treatment between gig workers and regular employees has long created unfairness. While views of gig work as a side hustle or work driven by customer convenience may have prevailed in the past, now the meal delivery driver and the on-demand grocery shopper ...


A Wrinkle In Title Vii: Rigid Evidentiary Requirements And Inadequate Causation Tests Trammel Women's Sex-Plus-Age Claims, Lindsey Cook 2021 Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

A Wrinkle In Title Vii: Rigid Evidentiary Requirements And Inadequate Causation Tests Trammel Women's Sex-Plus-Age Claims, Lindsey Cook

Villanova Law Review

No abstract provided.


Social Encyclicals And The Worker: The Evolution Of Catholic Labor Schools In Pennsylvania, Paul Lubienecki, PhD 2021 Boland Center for the Study of Labor and Religion

Social Encyclicals And The Worker: The Evolution Of Catholic Labor Schools In Pennsylvania, Paul Lubienecki, Phd

Journal of Catholic Education

Many often identified the Catholic Church with the cause of labor and worker’s rights in the United States. However that was not the common situation encountered by laborers throughout most of the nineteenth century. The proclamation of the social encyclicals: Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum (1891) and Pope Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno (1931) elevated the status of the worker, endorsed worker associations and placed the Catholic Church as an advocate of worker’s rights. But for the worker to clearly understand this change as well as his rights and duties education was vital. For workers in Pennsylvania ...


Eyes Wide Shut: Using Accreditation Regulation To Address The “Pass-The-Harasser” Problem In Higher Education, Susan Saab Fortney, Theresa Morris 2021 Texas A&M University School of Law

Eyes Wide Shut: Using Accreditation Regulation To Address The “Pass-The-Harasser” Problem In Higher Education, Susan Saab Fortney, Theresa Morris

Faculty Scholarship

The #MeToo Movement cast a spotlight on sexual harassment in various sectors, including higher education. Studies reveal alarming percentages of students reporting that they have been sexually harassed by faculty and administrators. Despite annually devoting hundreds of millions of dollars to addressing sexual harassment and misconduct, nationwide university officials largely take an ostrich approach when hiring faculty and administrators with little or no scrutiny related to their past misconduct. Critics use the term “pass the harasser” or more pejoratively, “pass the trash” to capture the role that institutions play in allowing individuals to change institutions without the new employer learning ...


Maximizing #Metoo: Intersectionality & The Movement, Jamillah Bowman Williams 2021 Georgetown University Law Center

Maximizing #Metoo: Intersectionality & The Movement, Jamillah Bowman Williams

Boston College Law Review

Although women of color experience high rates of harassment and assault, the #MeToo movement has largely left them on the margins in terms of (1) the online conversation, (2) the traditional social movement activity occurring offline, and (3) the consequential legal activity. This Article analyzes how race shapes experiences of harassment and how seemingly positive legal strides continue to fail women of color thirty years beyond Kimberlé Crenshaw’s initial framing of intersectionality theory. I discuss the weaknesses of the reform efforts and argue for more tailored strategies that take into account the ineffectiveness of our current Title VII framework ...


Stifling Nascent Concerted Activity: The Nlrb And The Alstate Decision, Melanie R. Allen 2021 William & Mary Law School

Stifling Nascent Concerted Activity: The Nlrb And The Alstate Decision, Melanie R. Allen

William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a number of significant changes to the interpretation and enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or the Act) under the Trump administration. The collective impact of these changes may make it more difficult for workers to bring successful unfair labor practice charges against their employers. Although NLRB case decisions and rulemaking affect a large proportion of American workers, the significance of these policy changes is often not widely recognized. This Note will examine one such change—the Board’s 2019 Alstate Maintenance decision that overturned its 2011 decision in WorldMark by ...


A New Paradigm: Rideshare Drivers, Collective Labor Action, Andantitrust, Thomas W. Joo, Leticia Saucedo 2021 UC Davis School of Law

A New Paradigm: Rideshare Drivers, Collective Labor Action, Andantitrust, Thomas W. Joo, Leticia Saucedo

Buffalo Law Review

No abstract provided.


Undocumented Domestic Workers: A Penumbra In The Workforce, Abigail A. Roman 2021 St. Mary's University School of Law

Undocumented Domestic Workers: A Penumbra In The Workforce, Abigail A. Roman

The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice

Abstract forthcoming.


Biopolitical Opportunities: Between Datafication And Governance, Orly Lobel 2021 Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego

Biopolitical Opportunities: Between Datafication And Governance, Orly Lobel

Notre Dame Law Review Reflection

Julie Cohen’s dazzling tour de force Between Truth and Power asks us to consider the new ways powerful actors extract valuable resources for gain and dominance. Cohen in particular warns that “the universe of personal data as a commons [is] ripe for exploitation.” Cohen writes that “if protections against discrimination, fraud, manipulation, and election interference are to be preserved in the era of infoglut, regulators will need to engage more directly with practices of data-driven, algorithmic intermediation and their uses and abuses.” I read Between Truth and Power as not only a compelling account of the contemporary transformations of ...


Sunshine Patriot Or Cold War Casualty?: An Examination Of Wrongful Exposure Suits Brought By Nuclear Complex Employees, Christopher S. Turner 2021 University of Kentucky

Sunshine Patriot Or Cold War Casualty?: An Examination Of Wrongful Exposure Suits Brought By Nuclear Complex Employees, Christopher S. Turner

Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law

No abstract provided.


A Work Place Surveillance: Who's Watching?, Mark E. Heath 2021 Heenan, Althen & Roles

A Work Place Surveillance: Who's Watching?, Mark E. Heath

Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law

No abstract provided.


The Soft-Shoe And Shuffle Of Law School Hiring Committee Practices, Carliss N. Chatman, Najarian R. Peters 2021 Washington and Lee University School of Law

The Soft-Shoe And Shuffle Of Law School Hiring Committee Practices, Carliss N. Chatman, Najarian R. Peters

Scholarly Articles

It is in the spirit of Ida B. Wells that we seek to turn the light upon the systemic racism of hiring practices. We believe these practices are indicators of the systemic failures on campuses and in workplaces that prevent them from being antiracist. We seek to use this Essay as a “tool for exposing, analyzing, and challenging the majoritarian stories of racial privilege.”

Our specifc intention is to recognize the largely performative nature of claiming to be committed to an idea while substantively and concretely ensuring the opposite. This Essay is written with specific experiences, patterns, and practices in ...


Employment Law, Theodore Goloff 2021 Southern Methodist University

Employment Law, Theodore Goloff

The Year in Review

No abstract provided.


Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind: Analyzing Inhumane Practices In Mississippi’S Correctional Institutions Due To Overcrowding, Understaffing, And Diminished Funding, Ariel A. Williams 2021 University of Mississippi

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind: Analyzing Inhumane Practices In Mississippi’S Correctional Institutions Due To Overcrowding, Understaffing, And Diminished Funding, Ariel A. Williams

Honors Theses

The purpose of this research is to examine the political, social, and economic factors which have led to inhumane conditions in Mississippi’s correctional facilities. Several methods were employed, including a comparison of the historical and current methods of funding, staffing, and rehabilitating prisoners based on literature reviews. State-sponsored reports from various departments and the legislature were analyzed to provide insight into budgetary restrictions and political will to allocate funds. Statistical surveys and data were reviewed to determine how overcrowding and understaffing negatively affect administrative capacity and prisoners’ mental and physical well-being. Ultimately, it may be concluded that Mississippi has ...


Potential For Unseaworthiness Claims Based On Covid-19 Transmission, Blaine Payer, Read Porter 2021 Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow and J.D. Candidate, 2021

Potential For Unseaworthiness Claims Based On Covid-19 Transmission, Blaine Payer, Read Porter

Sea Grant Law Fellow Publications

No abstract provided.


Reexamining Joint Employment Wage And Hour Claims Following Dynamex And Ab 5, Alexander Moore 2021 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Reexamining Joint Employment Wage And Hour Claims Following Dynamex And Ab 5, Alexander Moore

Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

No abstract provided.


Too Many Remedies Or Not Enough: Balancing Wage Theft And Other Public Policy Concerns In Voris V. Lampert, Tina Kuang 2021 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Too Many Remedies Or Not Enough: Balancing Wage Theft And Other Public Policy Concerns In Voris V. Lampert, Tina Kuang

Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Fabric Of Labor: A Study Of Labor History Through The Upstate New York Textile Industry, 1950 – 1968, Anthony Parillo 2021 University at Albany, State University of New York

The Fabric Of Labor: A Study Of Labor History Through The Upstate New York Textile Industry, 1950 – 1968, Anthony Parillo

History Honors Program

This paper explores three textile mills in upstate New York in the post-WWII years, and specifically the relationships between mill hands, management, and the national Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA). While historians have studied textile mills and labor relations in the twentieth-century South, they have paid little attention to their northern counterparts during that era. This paper, conversely, writes northern mill workers into the larger scholarly conversation about twentieth-century union decline. It shows that union campaigns often failed due largely to the cunning, if not deceptive, maneuvers of management. Drawing on union records, contemporary local newspapers, and census data ...


"Work And Caregiving During Covid-19" And "Pregnant Employees And New Parents", Deborah A. Widiss 2021 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

"Work And Caregiving During Covid-19" And "Pregnant Employees And New Parents", Deborah A. Widiss

Books & Book Chapters by Maurer Faculty

Professor Widiss contributed chapter 6 "Work and Caregiving During COVID-19" and chapter 8 "Pregnant Employees and New Parents" in this Open Access book edited by Jeffrey Hirsh and Sachin Pandya.

The two Widiss chapters, combined into one .pdf file, can be downloaded above, or the entire book can be viewed HERE.


Time Is Money, Ladies: The Ninth Circuit Prohibited Prior Pay As A Factor Other Than Sex In Rizo V. Yovino, Caroline M. Gelinne 2021 Boston College Law School

Time Is Money, Ladies: The Ninth Circuit Prohibited Prior Pay As A Factor Other Than Sex In Rizo V. Yovino, Caroline M. Gelinne

Boston College Law Review

On February 27, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Rizo v. Yovino held that prior salary is not a valid defense against an employee’s claim under the Equal Pay Act (EPA). In so doing, the Ninth Circuit ruled that prior pay is an inherently gendered factor and became the first federal circuit court to eliminate it as a valid factor other than sex under the EPA. This Comment argues that Rizo was correctly decided but that it could have gone even further to narrow the pay gap in the United States.


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