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Pair of Vegas Service Unions Reach Agreements with Resort Companies on New COVID-19 Protections After Legal Fight

After months of negotiations, members of the Bartenders Union Local 165 and Culinary Workers Union Local 226 have new agreements in place with a pair of the Las Vegas Strip’s largest resort companies to ensure greater protections for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes several months after the same unions filed lawsuits against the Read More

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OSHA Once Again Reminds Employers: Whistleblower Retaliation is Illegal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a reminder to employers across the United States that any form of retaliation against employees who blow the whistle on suspect working conditions is strictly illegal. Examples of illegal retaliation include termination, demotion, reductions in pay/hours or denials of promotions/overtime. Workers who believe they have been Read More

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Whistleblower Claims CDC Contractor’s Failure to Follow COVID-19 Rules Resulted in Worker Getting Sick

Brianna Flores, a 22-year-old woman from Mississippi, began working at a Maximus call center this spring in a position where she would be giving callers coronavirus guidelines coming directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She had been unemployed, and was excited to find a place hiring in the middle of the Read More

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Fired Detroit Nurse Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Hospital Alleging Poor Working Conditions, Wrongful Termination

A Detroit nurse was fired after posting a video on Facebook discussing the working conditions at her place of employment, Sinai Grace hospital. Now she has sued the hospital seeking reinstatement and improved working conditions. In the video, Kenisa Barkai shows the personal protective equipment she was required to wear, and hospital officials claimed it Read More

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New York Nurses Union Sues Over Poor COVID-19 Working Conditions

The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) filed three lawsuits, alleging failures on the part of several healthcare entities to protect nurses in COVID-19 wards. The defendants in the suit were the New York State Department of Health and a pair of New York hospitals: Westchester Medical Center and Monteflore Medical Center. The three lawsuits Read More

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Long Island City Council Creates New Law for Greater Whistleblower Protections During Pandemic

Members of the City Council for Long Island City developed new legislation to offer greater protections for whistleblowers who speak out about workplace safety issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to keep all essential workers safer and to hold employers liable for the working conditions they maintain. About the legislation Under the new Read More

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Employees Take Legal Action Against Smithfield Foods, Alleging Negligence During Pandemic

Meat packing plants across the nation have been in the news throughout the spring for the challenges they’ve faced in staying operational while also keeping their employees safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these plants, Smithfield Foods in Milan, Missouri, is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by an employee who alleges the Read More

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