Governor Inslee Issues Executive Order Supporting Workers’ Rights
Mandatory individual arbitration is a tactic used by employers to not only settle claims quickly and quietly, but to also keep employees from coming together and form class actions. This approach can be used to silence issues of workplace violations like failure to pay overtime and rest breaks for workers.
In a ruling last month by the U.S. Supreme Court, employers that force their employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment are now able to limit workers’ rights to seek restitution through class action or collective arbitration. The decision makes it more difficult for people to hold their employers accountable for workplace violations.
In response, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued an executive order that establishes a new state procurement procedure that allows agencies to consider whether a company looking to contract with the state requires their employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.
In a statement, Governor Inslee said, “In our state, we value companies that respect workers’ rights. There is power in numbers. There is power in transparency. And there is power in our pocketbook to influence companies to do the right thing. We can’t change the Supreme Court’s ruling but we can change how we do business.”
To read what the Governor’s office said about this, visit here