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The big picture: SCOTUS sides with employers on arbitration

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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that companies can force arbitration agreements on employees to keep them from filing claims as a group.

Why it matters: Forced arbitration has been criticized as a way for companies to silence victims and hide illegal behavior. Class actions have also been viewed as often the only way for employees to financially afford to pursue actions against an employer.