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Bill Banning Compulsory Employee Arbitration Clears House Panel

Nov. 3, 2021, 6:17 PM

The House Judiciary Committee signed off on a bill that would ban enforcement of predispute arbitration agreements that shield businesses by barring workers and consumers from pursuing claims in court.

The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (H.R. 963), which the panel advanced in a 23-14 vote Wednesday, is similar to a measure the House approved in 2019 with bipartisan support that failed to gain traction in the Senate.

Reintroduced in February by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), the legislation would allow people to pursue employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights claims in court when they are physically or financially ...