Rat bites, bedsores and other injuries plague residents in many homes cited for labor violations.
Jennifer Gollan is a reporter for Reveal, covering labor and corporate accountability.
An Emmy Award winner, Gollan has reported on topics ranging from oil companies that dodge accountability for workers’ deaths to lax manufacturing practices that contributed to deadly tire blowouts.
Gollan uncovered rampant exploitation and abuse of caregivers in the burgeoning elder care-home industry. The series, Caregivers and Takers, detailed how operators enriched themselves while paying workers about $2 an hour to work around the clock. The stories prompted a congressional hearing, plans for prosecutions and new state legislation.
Gollan exposed how Navy shipbuilders received billions in public money even after their workers were killed or injured. In response to her reporting, Congress passed a new federal law, the Government Accountability Office produced a report and the Pentagon began scrutinizing the safety records of more defense contractors.
Gollan’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Guardian U.S., Politico Magazine and PBS NewsHour.
Her honors include a national Emmy Award, a Hillman Prize for web journalism, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, a National Headliner Award, a Gracie Award and two Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing Awards. She has been a finalist for an ONA Online Journalism Award, an IRE Award and two Gerald Loeb Awards. Gollan is based in Reveal’s Emeryville, California, office.
The request marks the federal government’s first steps to tackle the systematic abuse of care homes’ mostly poor, immigrant workers.
Warren cited a report that found Pentagon officials do not always consider the safety records of companies when reviewing contracting bids.
Caregivers work intimately with the elderly. They bathe, dress and feed them and help with basic hygiene. But who looks out for the caregivers?
California regulators aren’t taking action against care homes that ignore wage theft judgments.
For facilities that are violating wage laws, profit margins hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers.
A GAO report inspired by a Reveal investigation says about one-quarter of contractors it reviewed were cited for serious health or safety violations.
A California court ruling makes it harder for companies to classify employees as independent contractors. Gig economy companies are pushing back.
A Florida shipyard worker died earlier this year on the job. While OSHA investigated, the Navy and Coast Guard gave the company lucrative contracts.
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