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The Fifth Circuit is In the Tank for Corporate Power

When the government does things that megacorporations don’t like, they know exactly where to go to get the friendliest possible audience.

Photo: Ryan LLC lawyer Eugene Scalia, better known for other reasons (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

 

On April 23, the Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule banning non-compete clauses in virtually all employment contracts. Non-competes are among the most exploitative tools of late-stage capitalism: They are contracts that require everybody from high-level executives to minimum wage workers to promise, in exchange for a job, not to take an even somewhat similar job for months or years after they leave their current place of employment. Non-competes can trap workers in unsafe conditions, prevent them from seeking higher wages, and force them to completely unroot their lives in order to continue to earn a living—all harms that disproportionately fall on women and people of color.

The FTC’s rule, once it takes effect,  is expected to raise workers’ wages, decrease health care costs, and increase the number of new businesses being started. Right now,  30 million people are affected by a non-compete clause. The new rule is a chance to make life meaningfully better for those people and families across the country.

So, of course, pro-corporate forces are rushing in, trying to prevent it from taking effect. And, of course, they’re using the federal courts to do it.

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