Supreme Court Says Employers Can Force Workers Into Arbitration Instead of Class Action Suits

Supreme Court Says Employers Can Force Workers Into Arbitration Instead of Class Action Suits

Editor’s note: A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that employers can force workers to go to arbitration over workplace grievances, rather than filing lawsuits. The 5-4 decision by the court’s more conservative members upholds arbitration clauses in employment contracts. These provisions effectively prevent workers from filing class actions, instead requiring workers to take action individually. The decision rejects the position taken by the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 that class action waivers violate workers’ rights to engage in collective action. The following is an ASAP alert posted by the Littler Mendelson law firm.