Obligation to the Worker
Jewish tradition prizes dignity of the worker, particularly defined by employer obligations. Deuteronomy 24:14-15 states: “You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger in one of the communities of your land.” The rabbis of the Talmud added a theological basis for this obligation: “‘For the people of Israel are servants to Me’ – they are servants to Me, and not servants to other servants.” (BT Bava Metzia 10a, quoting Leviticus 25:55).
JLens’ evaluation and advocacy focuses on:
Fair wages and gender/racial pay equity
Elimination of child labor and forced labor
Worker health and safety (including reproductive, mental, Covid, and other health benefits)
Workforce diversity data and targets with recruitment and retention programs
Support for worker association and collective bargaining