THE SUPREME COURT GUTTED WORKERS' RIGHTS LAST YEAR, AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS JUST PASSED A BILL TO RESTORE THEM
The United States House of Representatives passed a landmark piece of legislation Friday that would ban mandatory arbitration clauses in employment and consumer contracts.
This would free employees and consumers to initiate civil suits against companies which do them harm, a right that was gutted by the Supreme Court last year when a 5-4 majority led by the court's conservatives held that a federal law protecting workplace organizing does not prevent companies from barring class action lawsuits as a mandatory condition of employment.
"Forced arbitration clauses have permeated American life in recent decades. They've seeped into just about every nook and cranny of our lives, including cell phone contracts, medical bills, employee handbooks, credit cards, nursing home contracts—you name it," Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, who sponsored by the bill, said in a statement on Friday. "The deck has been stacked against American consumers in favor of big business for far too long. This is just another tool for powerful corporate interests to avoid accountability."
Johnson said that his bill, the FAIR Act, would "level the playing field" for American workers and consumers.
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