Dems Launch Legislative Broadside At Mandatory Arbitration

Law360 (February 28, 2019, 4:57 PM EST) -- Democratic federal lawmakers unveiled a bill Thursday to block companies from making workers sign away their right to take employers to court, targeting the mandatory arbitration agreements businesses have increasingly used to limit their legal exposure.

The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and in the House of Representatives by Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., would bar mandatory arbitration agreements not only in employment disputes, but also for consumer, antitrust and civil rights claims. Additionally, it would block agreements that stop individuals, workers and businesses from joining or filing class actions.

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