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Employment Discrimination – MLK had a dream and a mission

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The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we reflect on all that Martin Luther King, Jr. was able to accomplish in his life cut too short, one can only wonder what he could have achieved for workers’ rights and what he could have done to end the on-going discrimination in the workplace. Everyone is quite familiar with his accomplishments in stomping out racial injustice, but just how many of us know that the mission he was pursuing at his death was to champion the rights of workers and to end the in justice and inequality that runs rampant in the workplace. If that Memphis shot had not taken his life, would we now live in a world where people were not fired for the color of their skin or the gender of the body in which they live? Would there truly be equal pay for equal work? Would workers receive the benefits and protections that they ought to receive? Would workers have health insurance? Would everyone have a safe place in which to work? We all dream that dream, but would he have been able to make it a reality? Because it is not yet a reality, Shipman & Wright, LLP fights everyday for the protection of employment rights and equality. This is our continuance of the dream.