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Forced Arbitration Clauses No Longer Enforceable in Some Employment Actions

The United States Congress recently amended the Federal Arbitration Act to make it easier for victims of sexual assault and/or harassment to bring suit in Federal Court and put an end to forced arbitration on those claims. H.R. 4445 was signed into law by President Biden on March 3, 2022, ending almost 5 years of pressure to turn this legislation into law. As highlighted during the passage, the amendment gives alleged victims the choice to pursue these disputes in Court regardless of whether they previously signed an arbitration agreement limiting their recourse to private arbitration.

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