Ever work in an office, shop, or restaurant and there’s this one person who is perpetually unhappy? The tiniest perceived slight and they’re shaking their fists and stating their case to anyone who will listen.
Mostly they’re drama queens, but sometimes they are rabble rousers who would rather organize the down-trodden to achieve social justice than do any actual work. And they’re also drama queens.
President Obama wants to give these people a hand at destroying the businesses that hire them.
The result will be fewer people getting hired, but at least they won’t have to listen to drama queens complaining about how horrible it is to have to sweep a floor or clean up Aisle 6.
Hate Your Boss? Call the Government
In an unprecedented and controversial move, the White House has launched a new program at the Department of Labor which will refer workers who have complaints about their bosses to a toll free number at the American Bar Association, where they can get a lawyer to work on their case on a contingency fee basis.
But will this create more lawsuits against companies? Will it stymie job creation at the very companies the President says he needs to help lower the high unemployment rate, including small businesses? Will this new program simply make it easier for lawyers to get business they may have garnered anyway?
The White House has also enlisted the ABA to launch a toll-free hotline number at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help homeowners with foreclosure issues, as well as a separate ABA toll free number to help veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs, too. An ABA release notes that its new toll-free line at the Labor Dept. will help workers who may be part-time or independent contractors in the agricultural, construction, or hotel industries.
Already, the Department of Labor has more attorneys than any other department besides the Department of Justice, sources note.