Arbitration clauses surrounding sexual harassment and assault have been a reality of employment for more than 60 million Americans – both blue and white-collar – in a wide variety of industries. After the action taken by the United States Senate, these arbitration clauses are one step away from being null and void.
The Senate passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act on February 10, and it was signed into law by President Biden on March 3.
What Does This Act Change?
The primary change brought on by this law is that the victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace now have a legal avenue for taking on their abusers, harassers, and employers. No longer will employees have to sign an arbitration clause, waiving their right to sue in the event of sexual assault or harassment.
What Does This Mean For You?
A major obstacle in justice for survivors is gone but it does not mean that justice is automatic.
Employees who are assaulted or harassed in the workplace still need help to obtain the legal results and compensation they are entitled to. An experienced employment law attorney can help you navigate the civil justice system to get the outcome you deserve and hold those responsible accountable for the damage they have caused.