About the bill
Should corporations be allowed to make customers sign contracts which waive their right to a lawsuit if anything goes awry?
At least tens of millions of Americans are locked into contracts mandating “forced arbitration,” meaning that any legal disputes couldn’t be handled in a traditional court. These are common in everything from cellphone contracts to employment contracts with a boss.
As a Vox article explained, such provisions make it “impossible for workers to sue their bosses in court for sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wage theft, and nearly anything else. Workers are less likely to win their cases in private arbitration, and when they do win, they tend to get much less money than they would in court.”
What the legislation does
The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act would …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Length: 9 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on February 28, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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38 Cosponsors (37 Democrats, 1 Independent)
Passed House (Senate next) — Sep 20, 2019
Feb 28, 2019
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Mar 1, 2021
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, S. 505 (117th).
S. 610 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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