Friday, October 21, 2016

Buried in the fine print: Forced arbitration [feedly]

Buried in the fine print: Forced arbitration
http://www.epi.org/blog/buried-in-the-fine-print-forced-arbitration/

From First Lady Michelle Obama's speech in New Hampshire to accusations by Fox News' Gretchen Carlson against Roger Ailes, sexual harassment and sexual assault have been dominating the headlines for months.

Also in the news has been the topic of forced arbitration agreements that limit victims' ability to have their day in court. Very much a part of the Wells Fargo scandal has been the bank's argument that it shouldn't have to face its clients at trial.

These two stories actually have more in common than is often mentioned. First, of course, Fox tried to shut down Carlson's suit by saying her contract's arbitration clause prevented her from using that public forum. Few realize how common it is for women and men who allege harassment at work to be shunted into a secretive process that often prioritizes the interests of the employer.

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