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Bill Voiding Arbitration for Harassment Victims Gets Panel OK

Nov. 17, 2021, 10:26 PM

A House committee approved a measure 27-14 that would invalidate forced arbitration agreements in instances when a worker alleges sexual harassment or assault.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill (H.R. 4445) Wednesday after the Senate Judiciary Committee did the same with a companion bill earlier this month.

The House version of the bill was introduced in July by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), standing alongside Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor who has worked to end the enforceability of the agreements, especially for harassment victims.

The bill would nullify agreements requiring workers resolve any conflicts by arbitration ...