The #MeToo movement inspired a slew of states to propose limits on arbitration—the widespread practice that keeps workplace disputes in a private setting and out of public courts.
The practice became a target in recent years of lawmakers and advocates who said it shielded harassers from being held accountable.
But those efforts may prove futile. A recent ruling by a New York judge telegraphs that attempts by states to limit arbitration run afoul of a powerful federal law that governs such contracts.
Mahmoud Latif, a former