Dozens take part in ‘Fight for 15’ protest in Gert Town

In New Orleans, protesters stormed down Carrollton Avenue at dawn and right into a McDonald’s restaurant as they continue to demand change when it comes to minimum wages in the city, state and nation.

“We have no state minimum wage in Louisiana, but most people are paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Even $15 an hour, what folks are asking for, still gets you to only $31,000 a year,” said Erika Zucker, with Workplace Justice Project at the Loyola Law Center

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Women and Pay in Louisiana

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“According to Gov. John Bel Edwards, women comprise nearly 80 percent of the minimum wage earners in Louisiana. This, he says, contributes to the state’s extreme gender disparity in pay — America’s largest. It’s one more example of Louisiana finishing at the top of a “bad” list.”

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Louisiana nursing home operator pays nearly $120K in penalties, back wages, damages to resolve violations following federal investigation – United States Department of Labor

NEW ORLEANS – Two U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations found that a nursing care operator with multiple southern Louisiana facilities violated the minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Source: Louisiana nursing home operator pays nearly $120K in penalties, back wages, damages to resolve violations following federal investigation – United States Department of Labor

Workers, individuals and families needing home care, and employers can find more information about the wage laws that apply by clicking here.

Welders, pipe fitters along Gulf Coast to be paid $516K in back wages – United States Department of Labor

NEW ORLEANS – Two Gulf Coast staffing agencies have agreed to paid 353 workers nearly $516,000 in back wages after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found they classified employees incorrectly as independent contractors and mislabeled wages as per-diem reimbursement for expenses never incurred.

Source: Welders, pipe fitters along Gulf Coast to be paid $516K in back wages – United States Department of Labor

Bipartisan support for stopping misclassification of workers

As we close in on election day, one thing seems clear: no matter what their political affiliation, voters want an end to corporations’ manipulations to boost profits and the pay of their top officers at the expense of working people.

In a survey conducted by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), 84% of  those surveyed — Democrats and Republicans across age groups — disapproved of corporations misclassifying employees as “independent contractors.” “[P]olling shows that 7 in 10 voters don’t trust employers to treat their employees fairly. A majority of voters believes that working hard isn’t enough anymore, because companies simply aren’t loyal to their employees. The strategy of hiring workers as contractors, even if lawfully done, is still offensive to most of us. By 78 percent to 12 percent, voters feel that workers are better off as direct employees than as independent contractors.”

WJP is working with the La. Workforce Commission to make sure workers and employers understand what it means to be an independent contractor. Most workers are employees and should be treated that way.