Mitchell Hartman: There definitely is a trend. More federal lawsuits filed over alleged wage and hour violations -- 30 percent more since 2008, almost four times as many since 2000.
Barry Miller is a partner at the law firm Seyfarth Shaw that crunched the numbers. They represent employers.
Barry Miller: And certainly the economy plays into that. Because you have a lot more people who are out of work. And the longer it takes somebody to find a new job, the more likely they are to sue.Cathy Ruckelshaus is legal director at the National Employment Law Project, which advocates for employees. She thinks there are more violations now -- managers pressuring workers to put in extra time off the clock to finish up jobs and increase productivity.
Cathy Ruckelshaus: Workers sort of grinning and bearing it. It’s always hard for workers who are still working at an employer to come forward and complain or even to ask about pay discrepancies or long hours, because they fear losing their jobs.
That is outrageous. If you hear of a company doing that, make a point not to do business with that company. Jill Schlesinger (CBS News) reports more bad news:
Retail sales fell for the third consecutive month in June, the latest sign of the U.S. economy is only inching along in the recovery process. Sales dropped 0.5 percent last month and if that weren't enough, the three-month losing streak was the first since 2008, a rather ominous sign.
Since 2008. You grasped that, right? Things just get worse and worse under Barack. He never gave a damn about the economy or jobs and, boy, does it show.
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