Mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment and no-rehire clauses in employment settlements would be barred in California under legislation heading to the governor.
Assembly Bill 51 would prohibit the state’s employers from requiring job applicants or employees to waive their right to a judicial forum.
“No worker should be forced to give up their basic rights as a condition of getting or keeping a job. It’s time to challenge the status quo on forced arbitration agreements,” said the bill’s author, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D).
The Senate cleared the Assembly-passed bill Sept. 5 on a vote of 25-11.