Federal Defense Contractors Cannot Require Arbitration of Discrimination Claims

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The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010 (the "Act"), enacted on December 19, 2009, does more than dole out funds to the Department of Defense (DOD). Of particular note to federal contractors, the Act restricts DOD contractors with qualifying contracts from requiring their employees, as a condition of employment, to arbitrate claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and torts "related to or arising out of sexual assault or harassment."

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