By: Barbara Hart, Principal in G&E’s Civil Rights Practice In a tremendous victory for many plaintiffs, the U.S. House voted to pass legislation known as the FAIR Act geared towards ending forced arbitration for victims of civil rights violations and injustice. After years of efforts, this is a huge step forward for consumers, workers, small businesses, and those living in nursing homes that wish to enforce their rights in court. These individuals may someday soon be able to have their day in court without having to resort to confidential and private arbitration proceedings. The FAIR Act is another step in the recent, and important movement to end forced arbitration of certain claims where it would be unjust to force the plaintiff behind the closed doors of secret arbitration. In that vein, just last month, the House and Senate passed a similar and historic bill which ended forced arbitration for sexual assault and harassment survivors. This bill was signed into law by President Biden just weeks later. For more information about this important step forward for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, please see our previous blog on the topic.

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