Fighting for Women's Equality

For Mariana, Resolution to Her Wage and Hour Case

September 13, 2013 | by

Equal Rights Advocates successfully negotiated a confidential settlement for a hotel housekeeper whose employer failed to compensate her for work off the clock and didn’t provide meal and rest breaks over a period of several years, among other employment law violations. Staff attorney Monali Sheth said she is pleased that ERA was able to resolve Mariana’s* claims, since so many women like Mariana are treated unlawfully in the workplace. “As a low-income, monolingual Spanish speaking immigrant employed in the service sector, Mariana represents a community of women workers that is particularly vulnerable to these kinds of unlawful abuses by employers,”  said staff attorney Monali Sheth. According to a 2010 study conducted by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, immigrant workers, especially women, experience significantly more wage and hour violations than the native-born. Mariana’s settlement is the latest in a string of settlements secured by ERA for working women facing barriers to equal employment opportunity and fair pay. For more information on our advocacy on behalf of women workers, click here. You too can support equality for women and working families by joining our campaigns to strengthen protections for caregivers and pregnant women at work here. *Not her real name.

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