Category Archives: Employment

Blog Post: What’s Really Behind Economic Mobility?

Blog Post: Richard Florida, What’s Really Behind Economic Mobility? CityLab, May 16, 2018.

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News Coverage: Equal pay for women elusive 55 years after landmark law

equalpay_office_istockNews coverage: Niv Elis, Equal pay for women elusive 55 years after landmark law, The Hill, June 13, 2018.

News Coverage: Battle Escalates Within D.C. Restaurant Industry Over Tipped Minimum Wage Vote

coins_povlaw_imageNews Coverage: Laura Hayes, Battle Escalates Within D.C. Restaurant Industry Over Tipped Minimum Wage Vote, Wash. City Paper, May 9, 2018.

New Op-Ed: G.O.P. Insists Making Poor People Work Lifts Them Up. Where’s the Proof?

New Op-Ed: Eduardo Porter, G.O.P. Insists Making Poor People Work Lifts Them Up. Where’s the Proof? N.Y. Times, May 18, 2018.

New Op-Ed: Trump’s brutal policies target the most vulnerable Americans

New Op-ed: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Trump’s brutal policies target the most vulnerable Americans, Wash. Post, May 15, 2018.

News Coverage: Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers’ Rights

News Coverage: Nina Totenberg, Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers’ Rights, NPR, May 21, 2018.

New Article: “In an Avalanche Every Snowflake Pleads Not Guilty”: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration and Impediments to Women’s Fair Housing Rights

New Article: George Lipsitz, “In an Avalanche Every Snowflake Pleads Not Guilty”: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration and Impediments to Women’s Fair Housing Rights, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 1746 (2012). Abstract below:

In our society, individual acts of intentional discrimination function in concert with historically created vulnerabilities; these vulnerabilities are based on disfavored identity categories and amplify each injustice and injury. Although anyone can be a victim of housing discrimination, women of color suffer distinct collateral injuries from barriers to housing that are collective and cumulative in nature. At the intersections of race and gender, the welfare and dignity of black women and Latinas are undermined by the national failure to enforce fair housing and fair employment laws, by the concentration of poverty in neighborhoods inhabited largely by blacks and Latinos, by the criminalization of poverty, by the proliferation of punishments inside the criminal justice system, and by the expansion of the collateral consequences of arrests and criminal convictions in society at large. Produced by a plethora of public policies and private actions, these injuries entail more than denials of rights and resources to individuals. They evidence the existence and extent of a concentrated political attack on communities of color. Women play a central role in these practices because punitive policies are almost always legitimated by allegations of nonnormative behavior by poor people and people of color, allegations that occlude the actual intersectional vulnerabilities created by multiple forms of raced and gendered exploitation inscribed inside the routine practices of contemporary capitalism. This Article delineates how housing and employment discrimination combine to make black women and Latinas particularly vulnerable to surveillance, arrest, and incarceration. It shows how race and gender discrimination make reentry into society especially difficult for women ex-offenders from aggrieved communities of color. It establishes the historical causes and consequences of moral panics about the putative misbehavior of women of color, and it concludes by proposing a combination of litigation, legislation, and social mobilization to address the execrable consequences of intersectional discrimination and mass incarceration.

New Op-Ed: The Limits of Antitrust Enforcement

New Op-Ed: Brishen Rogers, The Limits of Antitrust Enforcement, Boston Rev., Apr. 30, 2018.

Cass Sunstein weighs in on Trump’s Executive Order on Poverty: Trump’s Promising Plan to Link Welfare to Work

Here: Cass R. Sunstein, Trump’s Promising Plan to Link Welfare to Work, Bloomberg.net, Apr. 24, 2018. Needless-to-say, I do not agree. My take on the order is here. I think the best response to Sunstein on this would be to highlight that political reality matters. Sunstein doesn’t seem to understand what the emphasis on work requirements in the executive order is really about.

New Report from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law: The Shriver Summit: The Future of Justice

The Shriver Summit: The Future of Justice, held on December 1, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, brought together advocates and experts to explore what we need to secure justice, every day, for everyone.