U.S. top court backs companies over worker class-action claims

The Supreme Court stands before decisions are released for the term in Washington, U.S., May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to the rights of workers on Monday by allowing companies to require them to sign away their ability to bring class-action claims against management, agreements already in place for about 25 million employees.

The justices, in a 5-4 ruling with the court's conservatives in the majority, endorsed the legality of the growing practice by companies to compel workers to sign arbitration agreements waiving their right to bring class-action claims on issues such as overtime wages or gender-based pay disparities either in court or before private arbitrators.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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