Rep. Cheri Bustos speaks at a press conference calling for an end to forced arbitration as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand greets Gretchen Carlson on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 6, 2017.

Legislation called “Ending Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Act” was introduced in the House on Wednesday with bipartisan support.
It stops employers from forcing employees to sign away their right to sue for sexual harassment.
One company embodies everything this legislation is meant to stop — Signet Jewelers. It owns Zales, Jared’s Galleria and Kay Jewelers. There’s a massive sexual harassment class-action case against the company — but plaintiffs who had agreed to arbitration had to fight tooth to get it.

A bipartisan group of members of Congress has introduced a bill that, if passed, will change the way companies across the country deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.

It’s called the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act and it does exactly what it says. At some companies, when you’re hired, you have to sign away your right to sue the company in the event of sexual harassment. Instead, negotiations go to a private, internal arbitration.

The company wins, and the employee is left carrying all the shame and the secrets. Most of the time they can’t even tell their coworkers about it — that is to say, they can’t warn their co-workers about it.

One company that all Americans know well has …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

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