Maloney Votes to End Forced Arbitration

Sep 20, 2019
Press Release
House passes the FAIR Act 225-186

After voting to pass H.R.1423 - Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act today to end forced arbitration, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), released the following statement:

“Forced arbitration is a trap. Binding someone subjected to harassment or discrimination to arbitration is plain wrong and denies survivors a fair shot at justice. Making matters worse, employees and consumers often do not know that they have entered into such an agreement until an incident occurs. So not only has a person been harassed or had their rights violated, but now the employer or company gets to dictate how the matter is settled.

“Many businesses claim that forced arbitration is more efficient and streamlined than a court case but what they don’t tell you is that the process is hidden from public view. And we all know that underreporting and secretive settlements have roles in creating and cementing a culture of harassment.

“Passing the FAIR Act today is an important step toward empowering all employees and consumers to retain the choice to seek a resolution to a dispute with a corporation in the way that is right for them. I urge the Senate to act quickly and pass this bill.”