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Supreme Court to rule on workers' rights in employment disputes

Many companies have elected to require new hires to sign these forms to guard against a court awarding a large monetary judgment to employees that could severely impact a company's financial well-being. The three lawsuits before the Supreme Court all address the question as to whether it is permissible to require an employee to agree to binding arbitration with regard to any claims that the employer breached the employment contract -- specifically, not receiving pay for overtime work. Millions of employees have been required to surrender their rights to seek relief through the courts if their company's actions deny them rightful pay or other injustices. 

The National Labor Relations Board and consumer rights groups support the rights of workers to work together to correct a company's unlawful practices through litigation when necessary. At this point, two of the lower courts that have made rulings in the three cases have decided that the documents are not enforceable and employees can seek relief through civil lawsuits. California workers facing these issues have every right to consult with an employment law attorney to gain an understanding of their legal rights and to seek appropriate legal recourse to enforce them.

Source: startribune.com, "Justices will weigh limits on worker rights to sue employers", Sam Hananel, Jan. 13, 2017

Many companies have elected to require new hires to sign these forms to guard against a court awarding a large monetary judgment to employees that could severely impact a company's financial well-being. The three lawsuits before the Supreme Court all address the question as to whether it is permissible to require an employee to agree to binding arbitration with regard to any claims that the employer breached the employment contract -- specifically, not receiving pay for overtime work. Millions of employees have been required to surrender their rights to seek relief through the courts if their company's actions deny them rightful pay or other injustices. 

The National Labor Relations Board and consumer rights groups support the rights of workers to work together to correct a company's unlawful practices through litigation when necessary. At this point, two of the lower courts that have made rulings in the three cases have decided that the documents are not enforceable and employees can seek relief through civil lawsuits. California workers facing these issues have every right to consult with an employment law attorney to gain an understanding of their legal rights and to seek appropriate legal recourse to enforce them.

Source: startribune.com, "Justices will weigh limits on worker rights to sue employers", Sam Hananel, Jan. 13, 2017

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