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Precarious claims : the promise and failure of workplace protections in the United States / Shannon Gleeson.

By: Gleeson, Shannon, 1980- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]Copyright date: ©2016Description: 1 online resource (x, 178 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0520288785; 0520963601; 9780520288782; 9780520963603.Subject(s): Industrial safety -- United States | Labor laws and legislation -- United States | Work environment -- California, Northern -- Case studies | Work environment -- United States | Working class -- California, Northern -- Case studies | Industrial safety | Jurisprudence and general issues | Labor laws and legislation | Law and society | Law | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Criminology | Society and social sciences Society and social sciences | Sociology and anthropology | Sociology | Sociology: work and labour | Work environment | Working class | California, Northern | United States | industrial safety | labor law | united states | work environment | working classGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Case studies.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Precarious claims.DDC classification: 344.7301 Other classification: 347.462 Online resources: Digital version
Contents:
Inequality and power at work -- The landscape and logics of worker protections -- Navigating bureaucracies -- The aftermath of legal mobilization.
Summary: "Precarious Claims tells the human story behind the bureaucratic process of fighting for justice in the U.S. workplace. The global economy has fueled vast concentrations of wealth that have driven a demand for cheap and flexible labor. Workplace violations such as wage theft, unsafe work environments, and discrimination are widespread in low-wage industries such as retail, restaurants, hospitality, and domestic work, where jobs are often held by immigrants and other vulnerable workers. How and why do these workers, despite enormous barriers, come forward to seek justice, and what happens once they do? Based on extensive fieldwork in Northern California, Gleeson investigates the array of gatekeepers with whom workers must negotiate in the labor standards enforcement bureaucracy and, ultimately, the limited reach of formal legal protections. The author also tracks how workplace injustices--and the arduous process of contesting them--carry long-term effects on their everyday lives. Workers sometimes win, but their chances are precarious at best"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-168) and index.

Inequality and power at work -- The landscape and logics of worker protections -- Navigating bureaucracies -- The aftermath of legal mobilization.

"Precarious Claims tells the human story behind the bureaucratic process of fighting for justice in the U.S. workplace. The global economy has fueled vast concentrations of wealth that have driven a demand for cheap and flexible labor. Workplace violations such as wage theft, unsafe work environments, and discrimination are widespread in low-wage industries such as retail, restaurants, hospitality, and domestic work, where jobs are often held by immigrants and other vulnerable workers. How and why do these workers, despite enormous barriers, come forward to seek justice, and what happens once they do? Based on extensive fieldwork in Northern California, Gleeson investigates the array of gatekeepers with whom workers must negotiate in the labor standards enforcement bureaucracy and, ultimately, the limited reach of formal legal protections. The author also tracks how workplace injustices--and the arduous process of contesting them--carry long-term effects on their everyday lives. Workers sometimes win, but their chances are precarious at best"--Provided by publisher.

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