Forced Sex, Congress Ends Forced Sexual Misconduct Arbitration: Arbitration is process that often benefits employers and prevents misconduct allegations from becoming public. Hence arbitration is a process that often benefits employers and prevents misconduct allegations from becoming public.
Forced Sex, Congress Ends Forced Sexual Misconduct Arbitration
The measure, which received 335 votes in the House and 97 votes in the Senate. Reflects a rare bipartisan congressional agreement prompted by the #MeToo movement.
For too long, Americans who face sexual harassment or assault. At work have been forced into secret arbitration agreements that shield employers from liability.
And often shield offenders from accountability. That the survivors deserve to seek justice and have their voices heard, she said.
Hence president Joe Biden expect to sign the bill after it passes the Senate in the next two weeks.
The bill, introduced in 2017, was long overdue, according to Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who pushed it.
It is estimate that 60 million Americans have the clauses in their contracts. But it is not limited to employment contracts. Binding arbitration clauses can be inserted into other contracts. Hence preventing residents and patients from suing nursing homes and massage parlours for sexual assault.
“I think very few people realise they’ve agreed to this,” he said Tuesday. “It’s not in employment contracts. It’s in the fine print, and they may not even read it.”
Forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts have come under fire recently for shielding companies. And perpetrators while forcing employees to privately settle sexual assault. Also harassment claims without a jury and without recourse.
Arbitration, say proponents, is a faster and less expensive way to resolve disputes.
Companies pay far less to settle claims than they would in court. Giving them less incentive to take corrective action. Such as firing repeat offenders and changing policies, according to Gillibrand.
The bill would prohibit future contract clauses and invalidate existing contract clauses. Hence allowing lawyers to file claims, according to Gillibrand.
In her testimony, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. Who accused late network CEO Roger Ailes of unwanted advances. And harming her career when she refused him, backed the bill. Some network employee contracts included binding arbitration.
Therefore companies, like Facebook, Uber, and Microsoft, have decided to stop requiring sexual misconduct claims be arbitrated.