Supreme Court rules employers can force arbitration

Supreme Court workers' rights

The Supreme Court issued its ruling in a case concerning forced arbitration agreements used by companies to prevent class action lawsuits. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the right of companies to make workers sign arbitration contracts preventing them from joining together in class-action lawsuits seeking better pay and work conditions. Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the conservative 5-4 majority, said that it was “clear” that the contracts are valid under federal law encouraging arbitration over litigation. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, reading her dissent from the bench in a sign of strong opposition, called the majority opinion “egregiously wrong,” saying it would lead to “huge underenforcement of federal and state statutes designed to advance the well-being of vulnerable workers,” and force millions of workers into “arm-twisted, take-it-or-leave-it contracts.” She urged Congress to address the issue to protect workers.

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