On Monday, October 26 at 1 pm EST we hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on how state attorneys general have been taking action to protect workers. We were joined by:
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro
Moderator: Terri Gerstein, Harvard LWP
In recent years, there has been a surge of activity by a number of state attorneys general in protecting workers’ rights. As detailed in a recent report issued by the Economic Policy Institute and the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, state AGs have:
Brought civil lawsuits and criminally prosecuted employers for wage theft;
Combatted no-poach and non-compete agreements, which suppress wages/job mobility;
Fought misclassification of workers as independent contractors instead of employees;
Opposed and challenged anti-worker rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor; and
Taken action on behalf of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since 2015, six AG offices, including those of our speakers, have established units within their offices dedicated to protecting workers.