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Weinstein harassment case could advance arbitration bill

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Allegations of rampant sexual harassment and abuse by movie producer Harvey Weinstein might create momentum to pass legislation limiting the use of mandatory arbitration agreements in the workplace.

Television news commentator Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes led to his ouster, said she plans to push for swift passage of the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017 (H.R. 1374), a bill she said “would keep mandatory arbitration clauses out of employment contracts, giving harassed workers the choice to go to court.”

Weinstein is alleged to have used mandatory arbitration agreements to prevent women who have accused him of sexual harassment from suing him in court. News reports suggest Weinstein has confidentially agreed to settle with many women.

“Reforming arbitration laws is key to stopping sexual harassment,” Carlson told the New York Times.

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