February 19, 2010
A Seattle woman's lawsuit against the state of Washington claims the Work First welfare program violates her right against "involuntary servitude."
Christal Wood, a University of Washington law school graduate who said she and her young daughter became poverty-stricken while she was studying for the bar exam, said she is suing the state under the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution over the practices of the Work First program, KING-TV, Seattle, reported Thursday.
It turns out that she's not a fan of the terms of the program, which doesn't allow her to count her internship at a law firm because it's not a non-profit.
Well, too bad, so sad is what I say. It sucks that she and her daughter have fallen on hard times while she's trying to become a lawyer, but I hardly think anybody forced her to participate in the state's welfare program. Which, while I'm not a law-talkin'-guy, would seem to me to make it kind of difficult to argue that this is some kind of "involuntary servitude."
If she doesn't like the terms of the program, maybe she should leave it and try to find some other sort of employment. Some other employment that pays more than a whopping $453 per month, at that.
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