Supreme Court deals defeat to workers’ rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only – Chicago Tribune


A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated 25 million non-unionized employees.

With the court’s five conservative members in the majority, the justices held that individual employees can be forced to use arbitration, not the courts, to air complaints about wages and overtime. Four dissenting liberal justices said the decision will hit low-wage, vulnerable workers especially hard.

While the complaints in Monday’s decision involved pay issues, the outcome also might extend to workplace discrimination and other disputes if employee contracts specify that they must be dealt with in one-on-one arbitration.

Workers who want to take action against sexual harassment, pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and racial discrimination “may now be forced behind closed doors into an individual, costly – and often secret – arbitration process,” said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center.

 

Source: Supreme Court deals defeat to workers’ rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only – Chicago Tribune

One thought on “Supreme Court deals defeat to workers’ rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only – Chicago Tribune

  1. This means that an estimated 25 million employees working under contracts that prohibit collective action by employees who want to raise claims about some aspect of their employment will no longer have redress to the courts but will need to take individual arbitration action. This then severely restricts their ability to right areas where their rights have been wronged.

    This decision will make it easier for employers to escape liability for widespread discrimination and harassment of employees.

    Trump in his many meetings during his election campaign stated he was for workers rights, this shows he is not, but wholly on the side of employers.

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