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Congress Moves to End Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

In the wake of the #metoo movement, the U.S. Congress has approved and sent to President Biden for his expected signature a modernized Federal Arbitration Act. The amended law now specifically excludes sexual harassment or sexual assault claims from arbitration, and invalidates any pre-dispute arbitration agreement that requires an employee to arbitrate any excluded dispute or claim that arises on or after the date the Act was enacted.

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