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#MeToo Law May Help Morgan Stanley Trader Escape Arbitration (Corrected)

March 14, 2019, 6:07 PMUpdated: March 14, 2019, 10:12 PM

A former Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC trading associate who says he was sexually harassed and discriminated against while working at the investment firm says a New York #MeToo law passed in 2018 should prevent at least part of the case from going to arbitration.

John Doe, a gay Muslim man who filed his discrimination lawsuit against the company in December, stipulated March 13 that he’d signed a valid arbitration agreement when he started work with the company.

But, recognizing that mandatory arbitration clauses can keep workplace harassment secret, New York joined a group of states in passing legislation that ...