Contact: Terry O’Neill
The National Employment Lawyers Association Applauds Bill To Restore Access To America’s Civil Justice System
WASHINGTON, DC — The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) applauds the leadership of Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representatives Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in introducing the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR Act) which will end the insidious corporate practice of forcing workers and consumers to address disputes in secret, one-sided arbitration proceedings.
The FAIR Act will open the courthouse doors and restore workers’ access to America’s civil justice system. Among other things, the FAIR Act will make it unlawful for employers to impose arbitration on workers, unless the worker knowingly and voluntarily agrees to arbitration after a dispute arises or pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.
Terry O’Neill, NELA’s Executive Director, stated, “Forced arbitration is a system that was intentionally developed by corporate America to avoid accountability and circumvent laws that were enacted to protect working people. Workers who are forced to address disputes in private arbitration are denied fundamental fairness, due process, and transparency that are part of any court proceeding, while employers avoid public accountability.” O’Neill added, “Congress enacted … Read More