Bloomberg Law
Aug. 6, 2019, 10:37 AMUpdated: Aug. 7, 2019, 3:48 PM

Federal Arbitration Law Poses Barrier to #MeToo State Laws (1)

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

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 Morgan Stanley associate, asked a federal appeals court to test this tension between state ...

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