World Briefs (March 25, 2002)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2002

MAYBE EMPLOYEES CAN’T SUE, BUT...

Washington, D.C.

— The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a federal agency can sue companies for discrimination on behalf of employees who have waived their right to sue. Before being hired, about 10 per cent of all American workers agree that any on-the-job dispute will be settled before an arbitrator rather than the courts. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission argued that it should be able to sue companies if it would help employees in general or make examples of employers who mistreat workers. In the losing opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas said, “I cannot agree that the EEOC may do on behalf of an employee that which an employee has agreed not to do for himself.”