45 Stetson L. Rev. i (2015-2016)

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STETSON LAW REVIEW


VOLUME 45                            WINTER   2015                          NUMBER 1



INEQUALITY, OPPORTUNITY, AND THE LAW OF THE
WORKPLACE SYMPOSIUM


INTRODUCTION

Symposium  Introduction and Dedication                             Jason R. Bent       1

ARTICLES AND REMARKS

Can Dystopia Be Avoided? Increasing Economic
Inequality Can Lead to Disaster                                Michael J. Zimmer      5

        The increase in economic inequality, driven by the imbalance between capital and
        labor, is likely to lead to dystopia without intervention that would reverse the trend.
        This Article examines dystopian-bound societies, explaining disparities of wealth,
        income, and per capita growth in various regions of the world. The Author ana-
        lyzes the reasons for the imbalance between capital and labor, particularly the ex-
        pansion of economic globalization and technology. The Article explains how the
        substitution of capital for labor impacts manufacturing and service sectors of in-
        dustry. The Author also points out that the inequality could erode democracy be-
        cause of the detrimental effect on the middle class. The Author delves into the
        correlation between the increase in economic inequality and the exacerbation of
        social problems, including mental illness, life expectancy, obesity, teenage births,
        homicides, and imprisonment.
             The trend, the Author expounds, could be reversed by a political policy that
        would address the inequalities. Noting that economic inequality is worldwide, the
        Article also highlights other proposed solutions, including a globalized tax on cap-
        ital and a symposium that addresses employment issues that feed into the economic
        inequality. The Author identifies gender and race discrimination, wage inequity,
        and the impact of unions as opportunities for employment-centric solutions that
        would address economic inequality. By identifying and examining the conse-
        quences of remaining on a path of increasing economic inequality that leads to
        dystopia, this Article offers multiple approaches to reverse the trend.


Regilding the Gilded Age: The Labor Question
Reemerges                                                      Wilma B. Liebman      19

        Former National Labor Relations Board Chair Wilma Liebman delivered the key-
        note address at the March 6, 2015 symposium titled Inequality, Opportunity, and
        the Law of the Workplace, hosted by Stetson Law Review. Chair Liebman spoke
        on the reemergence of worker activism and the labor question. Chair Liebman
        sees an opportunity to fundamentally reexamine labor law in the United States and
        to form a new approach to industrial democracy.


Indirect Threats to the Wages of Low-Income Workers:
Garnishment and Payday Loans                                   Steven L. Willborn   35

        Professor Steven Willborn was a panelist at the March 6, 2015 symposium titled
        Inequality, Opportunity, and the Law of the Workplace, hosted by Stetson Law
        Review. His remarks at the symposium identify two frequently overlooked threats
        to the economic security of low-wage workers wage garnishment and payday
        loan practices. Professor Willborn examines these two indirect threats to low-
        wage workers and argues that current regulation of these threats is outdated and

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