If you believe in the minimum wage, then you surely don't believe that an employer should be permitted to require time consuming mandatory procedures at the workplace every workday, without pay.
This Monday, the Bill of Rights turned 223. It is an occasion for celebration and reflection. Celebration, because the Bill of Rights has proven a sturdy shield for protecting individual freedom. Reflection, because the Bill of Rights is often misunderstood, even by judges.
The SCOTUS confirmation process has been dominated by extended, fruitless discussions of the supposed scourge of "judicial activism." At a time when the government is claiming unprecedented authority over our lives, we should shift the focus to the judiciary's critical role in protecting our constitutional rights.
You would think that cookies and technology together would make the most awesome partners since chocolate and peanut butter, right? If only...say it ain't so!
Marriage could be coming to Florida sooner than we expected. Plus, after last week's big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. And Kansas just lost their latest attempt to hold back the start of marriage.
A largely quiet tactic to disenfranchise voters of all persuasions has become a target of reform-minded citizens in the wake of the 2014 midterm elections.
Almost 30 years ago, Congress granted the Supreme Court nearly absolute discretion in the cases it had to hear, causing a devolution of the federal judiciary to one where the regional circuits are permitted to chart legal courses independent of precedent. The Supreme Court has consistently refused to protect its on-point precedents and only hears cases it finds interesting.
While Young's case is currently experiencing a fever pitch of visibility, her story is far from an anomaly.
Peggy stands on the shoulders of millions of women who've been discriminated against simply for being pregnant on the job, despite the fact that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) addressed these egregious actions 36 years ago.
When working women, the primary purchasers in our consumer-fueled economy, are without a salary because they've been forced to quit, are fired or are pushed onto unpaid leave, it negatively affects our economy and families' financial security.
There is no question that the authors of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act intended to prohibit unequal treatment for pregnant workers. No employer should be allowed to act as if it is exempt from the law.
Our right to speak freely is protected, but our rights to earn an honest living, and enjoy any number of activities that make up our daily lives and do not violate the rights of others are left to the mercy of bureaucratic busybodies and entrenched special interests.
You may assume that some evidence of lawlessness is a prerequisite for a government official getting ahold of a gift-wrapped package containing the digital "you," but the reality is that the law is not there yet.
Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.
It might seem radical to have a Constitutional Convention over something like Super PACs, the unenforceable slush funds that have flourished as the latest billionaire accessory. But you know what is even crazier? Passing a Constitutional Amendment BANNING ALCOHOL.
I can't speak for everyone, but I can say that for my family, Obamacare has saved my parents' lives. I know that Obamacare is far from perfect. But instead of gutting a law that helps American families, why don't we make the law work better for all Americans?