Bill Introduced to Stop Forced Arbitration Agreements

Many time workplace sexual harassment claims never see the light of day, due to the fact of binding arbitration agreements. 

Well, a group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced a bill that would void forced arbitration agreements, which some say deter victims from coming forward in cases of sexual harassment or gender discrimination.

WCPO writes that former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson joined members of Congress on Wednesday to announce the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act.

Arbitration policies can prevent a victim of sexual harassment or assault from filing a lawsuit against the perpetrator.

Carlson said the bill would help victims receive the justice they deserve. Carlson left Fox News because she says she endured years of sexual harassment by powerful men at the network who used forced arbitration to prevent victims from talking about their cases.

“Sexual harassment is not partisan because women from all walks of life and politics are targeted,” Carlson said.

Rep. Cheri Bustos and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris are sponsoring the legislation.

“I think when we start having to talk about the differences between sexual assault and sexual harassment and unwanted groping you are having the wrong conversation you need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is OK,” Gillibrand said.

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