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NPR: Lawsuit Alleges Wage Theft at Virginia University Construction Sites

Dec 02, 2020
Workers are suing two Virginia-based construction companies in a class action lawsuit over allegations of wage theft. Workers claim construction company Agent Wall Systems and B&A, a firm that hires labor for construction jobs, misclassified them as independent contractors, rather than employe…

HFA Files Wage Theft Lawsuit against Agent Wall Systems, Inc., and B & A Construction Services, Inc. on Behalf of Construction Workers

Oct 22, 2020
HFA filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of a group of employees of Agent Wall Systems, Inc. and B & A Construction Services, Inc.  The lawsuit alleges that the Defendants failed to properly compensate workers for work done at the Fine Arts …

The Intercept: Stop-and-Frisk Never Really Ended. Now It’s Gone Digital.

Oct 13, 2020
TERRON BELLE WAS walking home from an upper Manhattan subway station one evening, three years ago, when an unmarked police car pulled up behind him. Four officers in plainclothes surrounded him on the sidewalk, ordering him to turn around against a gate so they could search him.

Inman: Judge Denies Motion by NAR to Dismiss Buyer Commission Lawsuit

Oct 05, 2020
A U.S. District Court judge Friday denied motions by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and some of the nation’s largest real estate companies to dismiss a lawsuit that takes aim at the practice of homesellers paying the buyer’s broker commission.

Times of India: They Die in American War Zones, Kin Wage Battle for Compensation

Sep 21, 2020
“His phone just went off,” Mohan told TOI. “He worked as an elevator operator at a private firm. We contacted his employer, the Indian government, and the Iraq government. My mother died two years ago, waiting to hear from my father.”

Kathmandu Post: ‘Cheap’ Nepali Deaths in US War Zones

Aug 31, 2020
Faced with political turmoil and a lack of job opportunities at home, Nepalis began venturing to both Iraq and Afghanistan in large numbers in the mid-2000s. Noah Coburn, a political anthropologist at Bennington College who studies military contracting, estimates that 50,000 Nepalis have worked in A…

HFA Files Wage Theft Lawsuit against CBG Building Company on Behalf of Construction Workers

Aug 18, 2020
Handley Farah & Anderson filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of a group of former employees of CBG Building Company, alleging they failed to properly compensate workers for work done at projects across Washington, D.C. The Complaint alleges that while employed at CBG’s DC area con…

Patreon and the American Counsel of the Blind Announce Digital Accessibility Initiative

Jul 27, 2020
Patreon, the popular membership platform for artists, creators and their supporters, recently announced its commitment to digital accessibility. Patreon worked in conjunction with blind creators and the American Council of the Blind in a Structured Negotiation to develop the accessibility initiative…

The Diplomat: COVID and Contractors: Nepalis in an American War Zone

Jul 21, 2020
On June 20, the Associated Press reported an outbreak of COVID-19 within the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, quoting an anonymous source who said that up to 20 people were infected, “the majority of them Nepalese Gurkhas, who provide embassy security.” Beyond this, there was no further menti…

The New Yorker: How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic

Jul 13, 2020
On June 22nd, in the baking heat of a parking lot a few miles inland from Delaware’s beaches, several dozen poultry workers, many of them Black or Latino, gathered to decry the conditions at a local poultry plant owned by one of President Donald Trump’s biggest campaign contributors. “We’re…

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