Press Release

Supreme Court Denies Working People Their Basic Legal Rights

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court decision in the National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc. case:

Today, five justices on the Supreme Court decided that it is acceptable for working people to have our legal rights taken away by corporations in order to keep our jobs. This decision forcing workers to sign away the right to file class-action suits against such illegal employment practices as wage theft, sexual harassment and discrimination is outrageous—and it is wrong. In this case, the newest justice has joined the dangerous trend of this court to side with corporations over working people. We call upon Congress to immediately enact legislation making clear that no worker can be forced to give up their right to effectively challenge illegal conduct in the workplace in order to keep their job.

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