A migrant domestic worker holds a placard during a march demanding basic labor rights as Lebanese workers in Beirut, May 3, 2015. More than 200,000 workers mostly women from Asia and Africa work as maids in a country of 4 million people, many also come fr

Could a court case in Lebanon shift attitudes toward migrant domestic workers?


In a rare case, an Ethiopian domestic worker in Lebanon is taking her former employer and the agency that hired her to court over accusations of slavery and slave trading. The woman, identified as M.H., alleges that she was underpaid, locked up and assaulted over several years. Activists are hoping it will help change the worker sponsorship program in Lebanon.

An attendee at the House Homeland Security Committee field hearing at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, holds a sign written in English and Spanish, stating "Let us work," Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. 

Seasonal workers have long faced gender and pay discrimination. Now there’s a way to file direct complaints.

Migrant farmworkers harvest corn

Migrant farmworkers in US deemed essential — but lack basic protections

Four women sit crosslegged on the floor of a windowless room. Around them are suitcases and bedding. A baby is wrapped in a blanket nearby.

‘Discounted maids!’: How ads trap women in modern-day slavery in Jordan

Laborers working on the Qatar 2022 World Cup project arrive at their accommodations in Doha.

Big-money World Cup sponsors may be the last hope for Qatar’s migrant workers

A model has her nails done backstage before the presentation of the Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2012.

Manicured nails come cheap for New Yorkers, but workers pay the price


The cost for a set of freshly-painted nails in New York City is half that of the national average. But, as an investigation by the New York Times shows, that low price is built on the backs of underpaid and sometimes poorly treated salon workers.

President Barack Obama participates in a Town Hall with BlogHer and SheKnows Online communities at the Spangler Library at ImaginOn in Charlotte, NC, April 15, 2015.

Why we can’t forget transgender people when talking about the pay gap


President Barack Obama spent more than an hour talking about the gender pay gap during a town hall recently, but he didn’t mention the group that faces some of the worst workplace discrimination: transgender people.

Wachovia employees listen to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf

Researcher tells men to ‘lean out’ to make gender pay equality possible


President Barack Obama is set to address gender pay inequality at a town hall, but a leading expert on the issue says the problem starts at home, and it’s time for men to do more.

Child laborers in the Philippines

These photos of Filipino children working in mines and on sugar plantations will make you cry


“It has been four years since I stopped schooling. I only reached the sixth grade level and then had to stop so I could work.”

New American citizens (L to R) Leslie Tapia, from Mexico, Sanzida Khanam, from Bangladesh and Pablo Espinales, from Ecuador, raise their hands for the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on J

The US government finally lifts the curse of the ‘golden cage’ visa


Thousands of highly skilled immigrants are admitted into US each year, but their highly skilled spouses were not allowed to work. But that’s about to change.