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.