New Supreme Court Justice Poses a Clear Threat to Workers’ Rights
In a process that wreaked of blatant hypocrisy, Republicans have seated Judge Barrett barely one week before a national election, in complete disregard for a principle they loudly insisted upon four years ago when they blocked President Obama from making an appointment with almost a year remaining in his term.
The following is the National Employment Lawyers Association statement on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Appointment to U.S. Supreme Court:
A Defender of Workplace Discrimination, Barrett Poses a Clear Threat to Workers
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) stands with the millions of Americans who opposed the illegitimate process that resulted in the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the country’s highest court. Barrett’s extreme record poses a profound threat to more than 50 years of civil rights law, the rights of working people, their access to healthcare, and indeed, the right of workers to choose elected officials who will protect their right to vote.
As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Barrett sided with corporations and employers over workers in more than 80 percent of her rulings. She repeatedly upheld race and age discrimination in the workplace. Her decisions show an appalling lack of commitment to civil rights law and empathy for workers.
It is an affront to our democracy that a small group of Republican Senators forced this illegitimate confirmation while our nation’s workers struggle through the most serious health and economic crisis in a century.
In the face of the Senate’s actions while the presidential election is underway, NELA will not give up on the fight for workers and the integrity of our courts. Justice Ginsburg said, “There are people, lawyers, who speak out in defense of an independent judiciary and point out how important that is to our system.” Let that voice be ours.