How Congress can fight racial discrimination

Source: Paul Bland, Opinion Contributor, The Hill

Last week, in a resounding victory, the House passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, which would prevent corporations from requiring individuals or small businesses to arbitrate any civil rights, employment, consumer, or antitrust dispute. Now, it is critical the Senate swiftly moves ahead to ensure access to justice for Americans everywhere by passing the FAIR Act and bringing it one step closer to law. 

Forced arbitration clauses are prevalent in consumer contracts, including “44 percent of checking account contracts, 53 percent of credit card contracts, 83 percent of prepaid credit card contracts, 98 percent of tuition agreements at for-profit colleges, and 99 percent of payday loan agreements.”

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