The attorneys general from all the states and the territory sent a request to Congress to end mandatory arbitration when sexual harassment is alleged to have occurred in the workplace. Here are more details in Law.com.
Increasingly, when hired, employees have to sign contracts in which they surrender their right to take a work grievance to court. That means, of course, no possibility of a class action lawsuit.
Yet, it's the class action lawsuit which can be a game-changer in a society. That's why the gender discrimination lawsuit - "Dukes v. Walmart" - had been so high-profile. The U.S. Supreme Court tossed it.
The high court contended that the management of the stores is decentralized. Therefore, there was no possibility of uniform policies being made to discriminate in compensation against women.
Tort reformers cheered that SCOTUS ruling. Companies and their lobbyists will push back against the attorneys general initiative. There's too much at stake. That ranges from financial payouts to victims to negative impacts on the brand.
Meanwhile, if employees want that good job, they will have to continue signing the contracts which restrict their options to address workplace problems to arbitration.
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