2018-05-23 17:01:58

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Workers’ Rights in 5-4 Decision Against Collective Action

In a major blow to workers’ rights, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 Monday that employers can use arbitration clauses to prohibit workers from banding together to challenge violations of federal labor laws in class-action lawsuits. Arbitration is often confidential. Many workers may agree to mandatory arbitration clauses without even being aware of it when they sign a contract with their employer. In a rare show of public displeasure, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, calling the majority opinion “egregiously wrong” and saying, “The court today holds enforceable these arm-twisted, take-it-or-leave-it contracts—including the provisions requiring employees to litigate wage and hours claims only one-by-one. Federal labor law does not countenance such isolation of employees.” DN! speaks with Terri Gerstein, former labor bureau chief for the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Collective Action Ruth Bader Gimsburg Supreme Court Terri Gerstein Workers' Rights

Economy

The David Pakman Show

Condiment Shortages Plague Nation, 4th of July in Danger

Condiment Shortages Plague Nation, 4th of July in Danger

The Thom Hartmann Program

Economist Exposes Gold Standard Myth Featuring Richard Wolff

Economist Exposes Gold Standard Myth Featuring Richard Wolff

The Randi Rhodes' Show

Gas Prices Keep Going up

Gas Prices Keep Going up

Rising Up With Sonali

Is it Possible to Realize the Unfulfilled Promise of Juneteenth?

Is it Possible to Realize the Unfulfilled Promise of Juneteenth?

The David Pakman Show

Lauren Boebert Goes Full Theocracy, "Tired of Separation of Church and State"

Lauren Boebert Goes Full Theocracy, "Tired of Separation of Church and State"

The Randi Rhodes' Show

You Can't Deny This

You Can't Deny This

Democracy Now!

Texas Abortion Funds Push to Keep Supporting Patients as State AG Vows to Prosecute Advocates

Texas Abortion Funds Push to Keep Supporting Patients as State AG Vows to Prosecute Advocates

Just Solutions

ICYMI: Narrative Director Etan Ettah joins Just Solutions

ICYMI: Narrative Director Etan Ettah joins Just Solutions

Related

The Randi Rhodes' Show

You Can't Deny This

You Can't Deny This

Democracy Now!

Radical Supreme Court Guts State Gun Laws & Right to Remain Silent Under Arrest

Radical Supreme Court Guts State Gun Laws & Right to Remain Silent Under Arrest

Just Solutions

Dismantling the Right to Privacy

Dismantling the Right to Privacy

Democracy Now!

Civil Rights Orgs Challenge Racist “Insular Cases” Used to Legally Discriminate Against Puerto Rico

Civil Rights Orgs Challenge Racist “Insular Cases” Used to Legally Discriminate Against Puerto Rico

Proud Partners