Girl Scouts ‘Cancel’ Congrats to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Someone was going to fill the vacant seat of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

It is delusional to think the Democrats, in the same situation, would have risked the opportunity until after a hotly contested election.

The Republicans could have picked any number of odious male candidates who used their gender and class privilege and Ivy League educations to shield corporate clients from accountability for misdeeds around the world.

Instead, they chose Amy Coney Barrett, who received the American Bar Association’s highest rating, a beloved former law professor at Notre Dame, and the mother of seven children, one with Down Syndrome and two adopted from Haiti. Barrett, who is Catholic, promised to “resist her policy preferences” and “private beliefs” and always follow the rule of law.

It was in keeping with the Girl Scouts’ mission of encouraging strong girls and embracing individuality to post the following message on Twitter:

“Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789.”

What wasn’t in keeping with the Girl Scout’s mission was what happened next. The Girl Scout’s quickly removed the tweet after it elicited criticism. The Girl Scouts said the tweet was “viewed as a political and partisan statement which was not our intent.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Protects Employers that Violate Worker Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that employees can simply insert a clause in a contract to prevent workers from joining class-action lawsuits.

In other words, the Court ruled 5-4 that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) of 1925 trumps a law passed by Congress a decade later, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935. The  majority said arbitration agreements providing for individualized dispute proceedings must be enforced.

The decision,  written by the newest member of the Court, Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, is a major blow to workers who are victims of wage theft, harassment and discrimination.

Class action lawsuits allow individuals to join together to take on well-financed corporate entities.  Attorneys typically pay the costs upfront and defer their fees on the promise of payment down the line and a cut of the winnings.

In an era of unprecedented wealth inequality –  when 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings –  few workers can afford to pay an attorney’s hourly rate and often it isn’t worth it because the damages are too low.  Meanwhile, federal courts discourage workers from representing themselves  with mind-numbing procedural hurdles and obtuse rules that favor employers.

The  majority rejected the argument that class actions are protected by the NLRA, which guarantees employees the right to engage “concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.”

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