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Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Forced Arbitration in Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Claims

February 14, 2022

Many employers require their workers to sign arbitration agreements at the outset of employment, and it’s no wonder why.  These agreements allow employers to require arbitration of many employment-related disputes, rather than participate in lengthy, expensive lawsuits.

On February 10, 2022, the United States Senate passed a bill that will prohibit this practice with respect to claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment in the workplace.  The bill, known as the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, was passed by the House of Representatives on February 7, and now heads to President Biden’s desk for signature. Prior to its passage in Congress, the President expressed support for the measure and he is expected to sign it into law.

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Micah T. Saul

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