Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has joined the Republican effort to reduce LGBTQ protection against workplace discrimination. President Donald Trump supported reducing those protections and went further. The president issued executive orders limiting time spent by union workers performing their duties and demanded immediate renegotiation of all federal union contracts.
It is a well-known practice of the president in his past business dealings to not honor verbal or signed contracts. He has been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits for failure to honor contracts and has 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (USA Today, June 9, 2016).
In May, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, ruled workers can be forced into arbitrations and be barred from joining class-actions. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented, claiming the decision would allow the “huge underenforcement of federal and state statutes designed to advance the well-being of vulnerable workers.”
The danger for all working people involves the chipping away of rights and protections, starting with those most vulnerable and ending in a return to company towns. And Reyes is wrong — federal courts do have the right to protect individuals and groups from discrimination (14th Amendment, etc.).
Michael M Geer, Sandy