NELA Supports The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR Act)
The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR Act, S. 505/H.R. 963), introduced in the 117th Congress, will end forced arbitration by amending the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The bill provides that no pre-dispute arbitration clause is valid or enforceable if it requires arbitration of an employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights dispute. Mandatory arbitration agreed to under a collective bargaining agreement would not be affected by the FAIR Act. The bill also prohibits interference with the right of individuals, workers, and small businesses to participate in a joint, class, or collective action related to employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights disputes. This long-overdue legislation is critical to working people in all sectors of the economy. If passed, it will protect workers who face wage theft, discrimination, harassment, or other illegal treatment in the workplace.
NELA has prioritized ending forced arbitration of employment claims for more than two decades. After years of inaction on this issue, passage of the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act in the House in the 116th Congress was a major victory. NELA will continue to work with allies to educate Members of Congress and gain passage of the FAIR Act in the 117th Congress.
We Need Your Help to Get the FAIR Act Passed. Urge Your Legislators to Support the Bill.
Calling, or when possible, visiting, your members of Congress to talk about forced arbitration and the FAIR Act, as well as expressing our enthusiastic support of the bill is a critical part of NELA’s workers’ rights advocacy. Whether you reach out to thank your member for their support or to urge them to support the FAIR Act for the first time, your outreach is very important. Your personal contact (call, Zoom, or in-person visit) is an opportunity to educate your Members of Congress/Staffer about forced arbitration, and makes yours and NELA’s positon clear. It also offers an opportunity for NELA to listen to and learn about the Congressperson’s views, questions, and concerns.
- If your Members of Congress are co-sponsors, thank them for joining the fight to restore access to justice for working people.
- If your Members of Congress are not supporters, please contact them and let them know why passage of the FAIR Act is vital to your clients, and working people across the country.