Americans Unable to Fight for Their Employment Rights Find Support in Labor Film Festivals

Americans Unable to Fight for Their Employment Rights Find Support in Labor Film Festivals

If you’ve been paying attention to American economic news, you probably feel that there is reason to be optimistic about an economy that seems to finally have shrugged off the Great Recession. After all, the official unemployment statistics released in August 2014 show that the national unemployment rate dropped to only 6.2% in July. However, you might not realize that when you figure in those people who have finally given up on finding a job in an overly competitive market, the unemployment rate is actually stuck at 12.6%, as Forbes reports. An unemployment rate of that magnitude has serious effects on a lot of things, from consumer buying power to business stability. Most interesting, perhaps, is that as the job market has remained relatively dire, employment attorneys have seen a noticeable drop in people making complaints when they’re employers violate rights for employees. Culture of Fear Quiets Workers Employment Rights, Drives Labor Cinema Real unemployment is down approximately 4% since the worst parts of the Great Recession; however, because jobs are so hard to come by, very few workers are willing to risk their jobs when their employer violates employee laws. This, in turn, means that employment rights attorneys that work to protect your rights as an employee everyday continue to see a drop off in complaints brought against employers. While the fear of speaking up against violations of employee laws is troubling, it’s also having a strangely beneficial, almost rejuvenating effect on a niche area of cinema: the labor film. As NPR recently reported, festivals featuring labor films are springing up across the U.S. at an increasingly rapid...