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Landmark Ruling Opens Door for Fast-Food Unions

Labor board says McD's, franchisees can be named as 'joint employers'

(Newser) - McDonald's can't completely reject responsibility for the pay and working conditions of people in McDonald's uniforms serving McDonald's food at McDonald's restaurants, the National Labor Relations Board decided in a landmark ruling yesterday. The board said that the company could be considered a joint employer... More »

Michelin-Starred Spot Sued for Serving Up Homophobia

Tight uniforms 'showed off my figure,' complains London waiter

(Newser) - Dim Sum isn't the only thing on the menu at Yauatcha, a Michelin-starred restaurant in London. Managers and customers also serve up homophobic remarks and sexual harassment, a gay ex-waiter is charging. Vincent Ma, 31, is beginning legal proceedings against the Soho hot spot. He says he was constantly subjected... More »

Wisconsin First to Cut Nike Off Over Labor Concerns

School OK with losing $50K per year in deal

(Newser) - Concerns over Nike’s overseas labor practices moved the University of Wisconsin to cancel its contract today with the sportswear giant. The school is the first in the US to do so, though the move will cost it $50,000 a year. “Nike has not developed, and does not... More »

Swearing at Your Boss Can't Get You Fired in Spain

Judge says 'son of a bitch' insult no big deal

(Newser) - A Barcelona court says calling your boss a "son of a bitch" is not grounds for dismissal, insisting the slight is common in arguments in Spain and not that big a deal. The plaintiff in the case was fired in January 2008 for hurling that insult at his boss... More »

Wal-Mart Will Pay $640M to Settle Wage Lawsuits

(Newser) - Wal-Mart will pay up to $640 million to settle 63 state and federal class-action lawsuits that alleged it forced employees to work off the clock and skip breaks, the New York Times reports. The lawsuits involve hundreds of thousands of former and current hourly wage workers. The settlement—it will... More »

Nader Begins White House Bid

Dems intend full-court press to keep potential spoiler off the ballot

(Newser) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, whose third-party candidacy many thought handed George W. Bush the presidency in 2000, announced this morning that he will again make a bid for the White House, reports MSNBC. In a Meet the Press interview, he cited America's fatigue with mainstream parties and his belief that... More »

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