Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lawmakers Ask Justices to Take Up Veterans’ Workplace Rights- BLOOMBERG LAW

by Josh Eidelson,
Originally published: May 24, 2017

Eighteen lawmakers are testing their luck at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to take up a case on whether military reservists’ unfair dismissal claims can be forced into arbitration by their civilian bosses.

Because the case involves veterans’ rights, the legislators say they are hopeful the Supreme Court of John Roberts will temper its usual affinity for agreements waiving employees’ right to sue.

“The tragic irony could not be more dramatic,” said Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, the senator spearheading a friend-of-the-court brief set to be filed Wednesday by six senators and a dozen House members, including three Republicans. “They’re serving and sacrificing so we have these rights, and then they come home and they are denied those very rights that they are fighting to uphold.”