By: Enrique Serna
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Happening Today: The House Will Vote on the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment” Act
Congress is poised to take a huge step forward in passing a law that prohibits the use of forced arbitration clauses for sexual assault and harassment claims. Forced arbitration clauses are often included only in the fine-print of employment contracts, causing many workers to unknowingly sign away their rights and be silenced from speaking out.
With the advent of H.R.4445, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, scheduled for a vote on the House floor today, Congress has the opportunity to ensure that a public day in court is available to the far too many workers who experience sexual assault or sexual harassment on the job, as well as people who experience such abuses in the context of education, housing or health care. This bill would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to make it illegal for claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment to be forced into arbitration.
We stand with Public Justice and a myriad of other legal and human rights organizations in agreeing that Congress should ban the use of forced arbitration for ALL worker, consumer, health care and other similar claims (in other words, we want to see the Congress pass the FAIR Act), but note that today’s vote is an important step on that greater path.
Now is the time to call your House rep at (202) 224-3121 & urge them to vote YES on HR 4445 today! It’s time for all of us to speak up to #EndForcedArbitration. Please act today.