Washington, D.C. — Today, in an opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that employers can force workers to sign arbitration agreements that give up any rights to bring class action lawsuits. In response, David Madland, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
This ruling is a major loss for American workers. It lets powerful corporations deprive workers of their legal right to band together to challenge illegal policies that result in unsafe working conditions, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination, or from seeking unpaid wages. Today’s opinion blatantly disregards the National Labor Relations Act, which has long protected such joint activities. Justice Gorsuch is proving to be no friend to American workers, which is no surprise given the dark-money corporate donors who spent millions to seat him on the bench.
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