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Lawmakers Pass FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

Lawmakers Advance FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to send the FAIR Act (a bill to end forced arbitration) to the House floor for a vote. The vote on the bill is expected to take place as early as next week.

Democratic lawmakers announced The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (“FAIR”) Act in February 2019 in an effort to end the oppressive practice of forced arbitration in employment contracts. Because mandatory arbitration clauses require that workers waive their right to sue their employers in an actual public court, when labor disputes do take place, employee complaints instead are directed to a private system funded by employers where employers are regarded as having a dominant hand.

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is one of the main sponsors of the FAIR Act, along with 220 other individuals and organizations.

Upholding Employee Rights

Lieff Cabraser has a strong tradition of fighting for employee rights across America. Our employment law class action cases challenge discrimination based on employees’ race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability; wage violations, including failure to pay overtime, break time, or vacation time; and misuse of employees’ retirement benefits. We also represent employees who “blow the whistle” on wrongdoing by their employers as well as in other cases alleging violations of the law.