Posts by Amy Traub

Work as a hotel housekeeper isn’t an easy job under any circumstances. For more than 400,000 predominantly female and immigrant workers, the work means lifting heavy mattresses, stretching to...
July 23, 2012 | Amy Traub
Without your consent, approval, or even awareness, large for-profit credit reporting companies know an awful lot about you. TransUnion, Experian, Equifax and their smaller competitors know the credit...
July 18, 2012 | Amy Traub
The home mortgage crisis and Great Recession destroyed a generation of economic progress for African-American families. Now, reports the Washington Post, the discriminatory impact of credit scores...
July 9, 2012 | Amy Traub
America used to be a nation that made things. Walmart – the nation’s largest employer and one of our most profitable corporations – played a key role in why we no longer do.
July 3, 2012 | Amy Traub
Screengrabs of Spokeo.comIn today’s economy, it’s hard enough to land a job without companies secretly compiling inaccurate dossiers of information about you, then aggressively selling...
June 14, 2012 | Amy Traub
“I can afford to get ripped off,” Stephen Colbert informed Demos’ Tammy Draut back in May 2009 “I think it’s the poor people who can’t afford to get ripped off who...
May 22, 2012 | Amy Traub
Mother’s Day won’t arrive until Sunday, but the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is already looking beyond it.
May 10, 2012 | Amy Traub
The credit reporting industry likes to argue that credit checks reveal something about an individual’s character or ability to act responsibly.
May 7, 2012 | Amy Traub