Bill banning binding arbitration passes CA Assembly in face of strong opposition

by John Breslin, Northern California Record

A bill barring employers from inserting binding arbitration clauses into contracts as a condition of employment has passed the California State Assembly.

The bill, introduced in the face of strong opposition from pro-business organizations, passed the Assembly Wednesday by a vote of 47-25.

Sponsor Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) has framed the bill in the context of the “Me Too” movement, arguing that the silence over sexual harassment allegations in the workplace can be linked to the opaqueness of the arbitration process, along with the use of non-disclosure agreements.

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