Sunday, April 15, 2012

More American workers sue employers for overtime pay

There is a lot of talk about the 'war on women.' But what about the war on labor (which obviously affects women). The reason: both parties have declared war on American workers. Why else would things keep getting worse under Republican and Democratic administrations alike:

Americans were pushed to their limit in the recession and its aftermath as they worked longer hours, often for the same or less pay, after businesses laid off almost 9 million employees.

Now, many are striking back in court. Since the height of the recession in 2008, more workers across the nation have been suing employers under federal and state wage-and-hour laws. The number of lawsuits filed last year was up 32% vs. 2008, an increase that some experts partly attribute to a post-downturn austerity that pervaded the American workplace and artificially inflated U.S. productivity.

Workers' main grievance is that they had to put in more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay through various practices:
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