Employers Win, Workers Lose in Monday’s Supreme Court Ruling

By Sahid Fawaz

Workers were stripped of basic rights in today’s Supreme Court decision.

NPR reports:

“In a case involving the rights of tens of millions of private-sector employees, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, delivered a major blow to workers, ruling for the first time that workers may not band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws.

Writing for the majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch said that the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act trumps the National Labor Relations Act and that employees who sign employment agreements to arbitrate claims must do so on an individual basis — and may not band together to enforce claims of wage and hour violations.

‘The policy may be debatable but the law is clear: Congress has instructed that arbitration agreements like those before us must be enforced as written,’ Gorsuch writes. “While Congress is of course always free to amend this judgment, we see nothing suggesting it did so in the NLRA — much less that it manifested a clear intention to displace the Arbitration Act. Because we can easily read Congress’s statutes to work in harmony, that is where our duty lies.’

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the four dissenters, called the majority opinion ‘egregiously wrong.’ She said the 1925 arbitration law came well before federal labor laws and should not cover these arm-twisted, ‘take-it-or-leave it’ provisions that employers are now insisting on.

The inevitable result, she warned, is that there will be huge underenforcement of federal and state statutes designed to advance the well-being of workers.”

For the rest of the article, visit NPR here.

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