Can Congress end unjust, unpopular forced arbitration?

Source: Terri Gerstein, Slate

Why is arbitration so bad? Well, it’s private and secretive, unlike court proceedings which are public record. This opacity has allowed outrageous violations, in some cases years of sexual harassment and predation, to remain hidden from view and therefore to continue. There are no appeal rights, and people don’t have the same rights to fact finding (known as discovery) in arbitration as in court. 

This is actually a bipartisan issue, or at least it should be: In a survey earlier this year, 84 percent of Americans said they would support legislation to ensure court access and stop forced arbitration for consumers and employees.

Forunately, the recently-introduced FAIR Act is finally a chance for Congress to get something done. 

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