Clawson: One of the Most Pro-Worker Moves Biden Could Make

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Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on February 27, 2021.

One incredibly important move to help workers that the Biden administration has signaled didn’t necessarily look like a pro-worker move,” writes Laura Clawson for The Daily Kos. “Even before President Biden was inaugurated, his incoming White House counsel started asking for suggestions for judicial nominees who would be diverse not just on race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion, but on professional background. Specifically, more candidates who have been public defenders or civil rights attorneys (a group that also happens to be more diverse in other ways).

“How’s that a pro-worker move? According to a new study by Emory University law professor Joanna Shepherd, judges appointed by former President Obama who had corporate backgrounds were 36% less likely to rule for workers over bosses in workplace disputes. Obama-appointed judges with backgrounds as prosecutors were 50% less likely to take the side of workers than were non-prosecutors.

“Advocacy groups like Demand Justice, which helped fund Shepherd’s study, are working to keep the pressure on the Biden administration to follow through on this and make the federal judiciary more diverse in this key way.”

Daily Kos 2/27

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