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Under the bus : how working women are being run over /
Caroline Fredrickson.
imprint
New York : New Press, The, 2015.
description
viii, 246 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781620970102 (hardback), 9781620970805 (e-book)
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imprint
New York : New Press, The, 2015.
isbn
9781620970102 (hardback)
9781620970805 (e-book)
contents note
Introduction -- The test of our progress: a brief history of race, gender, and worker protections in the twentieth century -- The wages of discrimination: paycheck unfairness -- Punching the clock: part-time, just-in-time, and overtime -- The wild west: the lawless world of the contingent workforce -- Bye-bye, baby: giving birth and back to work -- Did Mary Poppins have kids? Child care and the working mother -- Leaning together.
abstract
"Most Americans think that our country has done quite a lot to protect women and ensure gender equity in the workplace. After all, we have banned discrimination against women, required equal pay for equal work, and adopted family-leave legislation. But the fact is that we have a two-tiered system, where some working women have a full panoply of rights while others have few or none at all. We allow blatant discrimination by small employers. Domestic workers are cut out of our wage and overtime laws. Part-time workers, disproportionately women, are denied basic benefits. Laws are written through a process of compromise and negotiation, and in each case vulnerable workers were the bargaining chip that was sacrificed to guarantee the policy's enactment. For these workers, the system that was supposed to act as a safety net has become a sieve-and they are still falling through. Caroline Fredrickson is a powerful advocate and D.C. insider who has witnessed the legislative compromises that leave out temps, farmworkers, employees of small businesses, immigrants, and other workers who fall outside an intentionally narrow definition of "employees." The women in this fast-growing part of the workforce are denied minimum wage, maternity leave, health care, the right to unionize, and protection from harassment and discrimination-all within the bounds of the law. If current trends continue, their fate will be the future of all American workers. "--
catalogue key
10073696
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-233) and index.

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