The New York Times recently published an article about claims of wage theft. The article concluded with two quotes from employer representatives:
“This is a classic special interest campaign by the labor unions.”
“These are opportunist, opportunistic lawsuits.”
To which I say,“So what?”
So what if these individuals are protesting and forming special interest campaigns? It is their right to protest. It is their right to receive what is owed to them. And it works. And don’t think for a second that those on the other side aren’t doing the same thing.
Most problems involve organizational or political differences and struggles. So, lawsuits are only part of the overall campaign by all sides.
There is nothing wrong with that. That’s the way the world works. It’s just whining to say otherwise. It’s just avoiding the issue to say, “Oh, this is a special interest campaign.” Of course it is – a special interest campaign by people who feel they’re getting screwed and doing everything possible to defend themselves and get what they believe is right. Why shouldn’t they?
The oil industry, the fast food industry, the real estate industry — they all do it all the time. It’s the American way.
To say that these are opportunistic lawsuits misses the point. Aren’t all lawsuits? Again, that’s the American way.
Complaining about being sued is just attacking the messenger instead of addressing the message — these employers are being charged with illegal activity. If they didn’t do it, bless them, let them beat the claim in court. Don’t just say somebody shouldn’t be bringing a lawsuit, lawyers shouldn’t be representing them, and it’s just part of a special interest campaign. Dare to win on the merits.