The Right to an Unfair Trial



This is a huge story that many progressives seem to be overlooking. In 2013 the Supreme Court allowed companies — Netflix, T-Mobile, rental cars, banks, private schools, medical practices, online retailers, etc. — to slip “arbitration clauses” into contracts for services and jobs that circumvent the court system entirely. If you have a legal grievance, you will be shunted into their private kangaroo court, presided over by often-laughably biased officials hired by the company. The NY Times has a must-read three part series on this truly incredible overturning of a fundamental Constitutional right.



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  • Alan Barta

    Workers rights went out with Reagan. Workers can’t expect fairness anymore. Job candidates can be discriminated against for age, creed, color, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or whatever, or be fired without cause, without any recourse. When corporations were local or national they were subjected to US laws. Now that multinational corporations run everything, you’d have to sue them in the Hague or Hong Kong or United Nations, and nothing gets past the Security Council. Good luck.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.

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