ICT Editorial by Kaighn Smith re: Tribal Work Laws

From ICT:

Imagine this scenario: “If you don’t sleep with me, you can kiss your job goodbye,” the male supervisor warns the female waitress at the tribe’s gaming facility. (We’ll call her Joyce.) She consistently says no. His threats continue and even escalate.

Although he threatens to make her life miserable if she tells anyone, Joyce seeks help from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; EEOC informs her that federal sexual harassment laws exclude tribes. She goes to tribal court. She finds she has no remedy under tribal law. Overwhelmed by her boss’ intimidation, Joyce quits her job. Unemployed and unable to afford her rent, she moves in with her brother, Bob.

A host of other laws that are silent about their application to tribes pose similar threats to tribal sovereignty.

Bob, a union organizer, is outraged. He starts talking to Joyce’s co-workers and learns that other women have experienced similar harassment. Other workers complain that management plays favorites with tribal members, giving them better jobs and shifts than non-members. Bob says that with union representation, management would be held accountable for workers’ rights.

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Study on Gaming and the Income and Employment of American Indians

From Economics Letters, a study on Indian gaming and tribal member employment: “Is gaming the optimal strategy? The impact of gaming facilities on the income and employment of American Indians”: Article

From the abstract:

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