Senate Approves End-of-Law Clauses in Employment Contracts for Enforced Arbitration – CBS New York

WASHINGTON (CBS New York) – Lawmakers in Washington say newly passed legislation will create a path to justice for victims of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

The Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would end clauses in employment contracts that require forced arbitration for workers. Instead, the allegations of assault or harassment may be brought in federal, tribal, or state courts.

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Lawmakers say more than 60 million Americans have had employment contracts with these arbitration provisions.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the 2017 bill.

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It passed with Republican support on Thursday.

“The idea of ​​you signing your day off in court if you’re being abused in the workplace, those days are gone,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

“The law will help fix a broken system that protects offenders and businesses and end the days of silence for survivors,” Gillibrand said.

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The bill has already passed the House of Representatives and is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature.

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