Will Congress Pass Bill to End Mandatory Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases?
Will Congress Pass Bill to End Mandatory Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases?

Congress is considering a bill to end mandatory arbitration is sexual harassment cases. Last month, every attorney general in the U.S. signed a letter urging Congress to pass the bill.

New employees are often required to sign contracts containing mandatory arbitration clauses. These agreements stipulate that the employee will settle any dispute via an arbitration. The employee forfeits his/her right to sue the employer. Unfortunately, these mandatory arbitration agreements also apply to claims of sexual harassment.

In addition to the issue of arbitrators not being trained as judges and being required to ensure due process, the letter also brings up the secrecy of arbitration settlements. This prevents the public from learning about cases of sexual harassment in the workplace, which can in turn protect the perpetrators.

This letter marks the first time in a decade that all 56 attorneys general have signed a letter to Congress together.   

“Mandatory arbitration in cases of sexual assault is harmful to victims. Forced arbitration should not be allowed in cases of sexual harassment,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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