As closed-door arbitration soared last year, workers won cases against employers just 1.6 percent of the time
The House Judiciary Committee this week is marking up the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, which would prohibit forced arbitration in all forms. The measure previously passed the House in 2019 with bipartisan support but was not taken up by the Senate.
“You can’t get a cellphone or credit card or even a job nowadays unless you sign away your rights because that’s what every corporation requires,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said when reintroducing the bill in February. “Big businesses that already have all the power in the relationship regularly stack the deck to avoid the only thing out there that could hold them accountable — the United States justice system.”