DirecTV was sued by the U.S. Department of Labor for failing to pay overtime wages to its TV installers, in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). DirecTV had tried to avoid paying overtime wages to its workers by “subcontracting” its installation services…
On Monday, October 2, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the most consequential labor law cases to come to the Court in a generation, which could fundamentally alter the balance of power between millions of American workers and the people who employ them. So why are so few people paying attention?
After six years, the legal team secured a groundbreaking settlement that requires the Census Bureau to use a fair method to determine whether the criminal history of an applicant actually justifies his or her rejection from entry-level, temporary jobs.
This year’s finalists for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award highlight the kinds of cases, individual and class action, filed and litigated in state and federal courts every day. They show why access to the courts and class actions are so important. And they show why some government officials and corporate wrongdoers are so eager to bar access to the courts and hamstring or ban class actions.
We just blew open sealed court records in a Washington federal court case involving DirecTV, the national cable provider that has become a poster child for consumer ripoffs and worker abuse. Public Justice had asked the court to unseal the records and expose the full evidence of DirecTV’s wrongdoing to the light of day.
Companies, like DirecTV, that outsource labor try to avoid responsibility by saying “hey—those weren’t our workers, so it’s not our fault they were underpaid” – even though, in reality, the companies effectively control the subcontractors’ operations and profit from their workers’ (underpaid) labor.
By Paul Bland Executive Director Lawmakers in Congress are about to vote on a bill that would seriously jeopardize Americans’ right to their day in court. We need your help to stop this dangerous legislation which will make it easier for corporations to break the…