Much has been made of the national minimum wage in the media as of late, with even President Obama calling for it to be raised to a rate that would be considered a “living wage.” While reasonable economists and policy makers can disagree on what a higher minimum wage will do the economy, one certainty is that minimum wage has failed to keep up with inflation. This means that minimum wage workers have less buying power than they had in the past; in fact, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), minimum wage is worth around $2.00 less that it was in 1968 when it was at its peak.
As the school year comes to a close, many college and graduate students are heading home for a leisurely summer, planning vacations, or working summer jobs. A significant number of students, however, plan to spend their summers gaining experience in their relevant field and building their resume through internships. Due to the dearth of paid internships in this economy, many students have likely accepted to participate in unpaid internships, hoping the educational gain and training will be worth receiving no pay for the summer.
Unfortunately, as we have previously discussed on this blog, unpai...
Previously on this blog, we discussed a lawsuit filed by several cheerleaders on the squad for the Oakland Raiders, known as the Raiderettes. That lawsuit alleges several different violations of state and federal labor laws, including withholding pay, failing to provide required break times, failing to pay the required minimum wage, and more. In recent weeks, cheerleaders from two more teams have come forward with lawsuits alleging similar violations.
Alexa Brenneman is a member of the cheerleading squad for the Cincinnati Bengals, called the Ben-Gals. Brenneman filed a lawsuit ag...
Sports are a huge part of the collegiate experience. College athletes sometimes reach celebrity status, especially Division 1 football and basketball players. Many of these athletes receive generous scholarships and perks on campus. However, their lives are not all glamorous as they are expected to devote a significant amount of time to practice and competition, all while juggling schoolwork and other obligations. Football players from Northwestern University recently spoke up and claimed that they should be able to unionize to protect their own interests and receive certain benefits.
Unpaid internships are sometimes very helpful for young people to gain training and experience in a particular industry. In exchange for work, unpaid interns gain the opportunity to improve their resumes and be a more desirable job candidate in that field. Companies, however, may sometimes take advantage of free labor without providing educational benefits in return. This problem has become the focus of numerous lawsuits and has consistently made headlines over the past year.