July 31, 2014

Not Above the Law: Holding Government Contractors Accountable for How They Treat Workers

Ori Korin
202-393-1044 x126 or ori@jwj.org

Washington, D.C. – In response to the announcement from the White House that President Obama intends to issue an executive order seeking enhanced enforcement of workers’ rights for employees of federal contractors, Jobs With Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta released the following statement:

“It is significant news that the world’s largest procurer of goods and services plans to stop doing business with companies that break labor and employment laws. This policy would be a meaningful step toward providing a real economic incentive for employers to treat their workers fairly. Once the order is implemented, labor law violations can no longer be considered an acceptable cost of doing business for federal contractors.

No one should be above the law. Today’s announcement signals that the administration has no tolerance for companies that violate workers’ rights. For far too long, our broken labor law has enabled unscrupulous employers to undermine workers’ rights, opening the door for irresponsible federal contractors to not only get away with breaking the law, but to make money off the government while doing so. At the very least, we should expect that companies that profit off taxpayer-funded government contracts respect their workers and follow the law.”

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