Troubled waters: The secret world of arbitration Imagine losing a limb, going blind or almost dying on the job. And then imagine not being able to hold those responsible accountable. Welcome to the largely secret world of arbitration. It’s routinely used by companies worldwide to keep injured workers out of courts and out of the public eye.
Troubled waters: Low wages on the high seas Seafarers move millions of people and billions of goods around the world every year. It’s always been a dangerous profession, and that’s why it’s had global protections for hundreds of years. But some of those are unraveling thanks to a private system of justice that some say is anything but just.
Burned: Trafficking At only nine years old, "Diana" struggled under the weight of heavy food trays at a local pupusería in Pacoima. Often thought to be a relative working for family, Diana was in fact a victim of child labor trafficking. Purchased by a family friend for $10,000, she was smuggled into the US from El Salvador.
Burned: Getting away with it Maria Vazquez worked as everything from cook to accountant at her long-time fast food job on Crenshaw. Single and a mother to six, she worked long days without overtime pay. For over eight years, Vazquez endured, even in the face of continual sexual assault.
Burned: You're fired! When two unsolicited visitors showed up at Rafael Rosales' home, they passed on a message, this time they were nice but next time wouldn't be so pleasant. Captured on video by Rosales' nephew, the unwelcome men weren't collecting on a debt, they were threatening Rosales because he sought to collect on his.
Burned: Injuries on the Job Restaurant kitchens are full of knives, ovens, and pots of boiling water. The federal government reports tens of thousands of workers are injured in the kitchen every year. A cop or a teacher might file a workers comp claim. But often, that's not how it works for dishwashers and cooks, and injuries can go unreported for fear of being fired.
Burned: Wage theft From cruelty-free meat, to the rise of celebrity chefs, diners are hungry for the storyline of their meals. However, while conscious eating is on the rise, there's no way to know how the cooks and kitchen workers are treated. Some don't get paid what they've earned, some work without overtime pay, some find their tips stolen, some work many hours off the clock.