In Wisconsin and around the country, there have been vast improvements in working conditions since the first Labor Day in 1894. The need for minimum pay standards was recognized and resulted in minimum wage laws. Limits were established on the amount of time employers can require employees to work. Employers are no longer allowed to discriminate against workers based on their race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Basic employee rights are now largely protected by state and federal laws.
Unfortunately, even though great strides have been made, there is still some room for improvement. While discrimination is against the law, there are still instances where people are discriminated against in the workplace. Overall, women are still paid less for the same jobs as men, and studies indicate that black applicants still face discrimination when applying for jobs. The United States is also lagging behind other developed nations in terms of paid vacation time. The U.S. is the only developed nation that does not require paid vacations.
While working conditions have definitely seen an overhaul over the past 119 years, there are still instances where employers deal inappropriately with their employees. Contacting an attorney may be a good first step for anyone who believes they were wrongfully discharged, discriminated against or otherwise dealt with inappropriately. Attorneys may help protect employee rights by establishing the facts of the situation and providing representation.
Source: Huffington Post, "9 Ways We're Better Off Now Than We Were On The First Labor Day (And 5 Ways We're Not)", Caroline Fairchild, September 02, 2013