Congressional action request
Allow Employees to File Class Actions
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When the Supreme Court ruled in Epic Systems v. Lewis that workers may have their right to class actions taken away by an employer who they believe has illegally underpaid them, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote that it is not up to evaluate the policy impact of allowing the Federal Arbitration Act to take precedence over the National Labor Relations Act.
With that decision, millions of non-union workers will find themselves unable to challenge being illegally underpaid - even if this underpayment is a common practice of the company. Workers also cannot depend on the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), as it is understaffed.
Wage theft costs American workers hundreds of millions a year - effectively a wealth transfer from low-income workers to their better off employers, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Gorsuch said it is up to Congress to make that policy to ensure these protections.
As your constituent, I am requesting you act on Gorsuch's words and sponsor or support a law to guarantee employees full access to the judicial system in the event of workplace disputes.
I also am requesting that you enhance the Labor Department's budget - to allow it to investigate more cases of workplace violations.