WDET: Marick Masters on Supreme Court workers' rights ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court recently dealt a blow to workers who feel they’ve been discriminated against by their employers. In a five-to-four decision, the court upheld workplace arbitration contracts that bar workers from banding together to challenge what they see as violations of federal labor law. Instead, they may be forced into arbitration instead of having the opportunity to file a lawsuit. And they won’t be able to join class actions against employers. “If you can’t engage in class action suits, most people don’t have the wherewithal to take action,” says Marick Masters, director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, where he is a professor of business and adjunct professor of political science. “The benefits they might get may far outweigh the cost of going through an arbitration process,” says Masters. “So it’s really a lopsided thing.”

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