Current U.S. Supreme Court is Pro Business, Anti – Worker – Los Angeles Employment Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Appears on CNN “Money for Lunch”

by Norman B. Blumenthal on June 17, 2013

According to a recent Minnesota Law Review article, five of the top ten pro-business U.S. Supreme Court Justices in the last 65 years are currently serving on the high court: Justices Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito.  “In the eight years since Chief Justice Roberts joined the U.S. Supreme Court, corporations have been allowed to spend freely in elections and shielded them from class action lawsuits,” said Norman Blumenthal, founding partner of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.

Courthouse columnsWhen corporations have no fear regarding punishment, they get greedy.  Corporations do not fear misclassifying workers as exempt from overtime pay because they know the courts are unlikely to punish such misclassification.  Judges are not narrowly construing the exemption laws as laid out by the Fair Labor Standards Act.  When the courts do not respond to the public good, the courts must be held accountable.  Elections matter.  Workers need to elect public officials who are going to appoint judges who are pro-labor and who will make sure the labor laws are strong in favor of the laborers.

“This is serious.  Workers cannot find jobs because those in power are in favor of big business and not the workers who make the big business,” finished Blumenthal.  “It’s good business for corporations to make money for their shareholders.  It is bad business for their workers to not be protected from bad labor laws and decisions.”

Listen to the entire interview here.    Norman Blumenthal 05-08-13

 

Money for Lunch, hosted by Bert Martinez, airs on CNN radio in Houston and features influential people from the business and nonprofit world.

 

Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is an experienced California employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The firm dedicates its practice to contingency fee employment law work for issues involving misclassification as a salaried worker exempt from overtime, failure to pay vacation wages, misclassification as an independent contractor, off-the-clock work, wrongful termination, discrimination and other California labor laws.

 

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