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‘Silenced No More Act’ comes with Important Effects on Employment Agreements in Washington State

“Another game changer!” — Your takeaway from reading this summary of Washington’s Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1795, commonly known as the “Silenced No More Act,” which becomes law June 9, 2022, and has some important...more

Dickinson Wright

#MeToo 5 Years Later – How The States Took Over the Narrative

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has occupied a preeminent place in all of our minds for the past two years, it was not that long ago that the #MeToo movement swept the nation, forcing employers and employees to examine new—yet...more

Crowe & Dunlevy

Sexual Harassment Law Finds its Way into Oklahoma Indian Country

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Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, Title VII has become a fixture in private workplaces across the nation. Amended over the years, Title VII became...more

Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP

Newly Enacted Anti-Harassment Laws for New York… and Potentially More to Come

A majority of employers with offices in New York or employees working remotely in New York will likely be affected by two new bills that were signed into law by New York’s governor, Kathy Hochul, on March 16, 2022. With more...more

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Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act – Five Key Takeaways

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On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the “Act”), prohibiting employers from enforcing predispute arbitration agreements and class...more

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

It’s Time to Address Sex Discrimination Against Women Owners of Closely Held Companies, Say These Two Law Professors

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Longtime readers of this blog may recall a post I wrote three years ago titled Minority Shareholder Oppression in the #MeToo Era. The post highlighted an apparent first-of-its-kind decision in a judicial dissolution case...more

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

The Impact of "Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021" on Employer's Arbitration Provisions

On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law H.R. 4445, “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021.” This law amends the Federal Arbitration Act related to arbitration agreements to...more

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Closing the gate to arbitrate: New law bans pre-dispute arbitration agreements on sex harassment and abuse claims

On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the long-titled Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021. Seen as a result of the #MeToo movement, this fairly simple amendment to Title 9 of the...more

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Time to “Waive” Goodbye to Mandatory Arbitration Agreements? The Case for Utilization of Jury Trial Waivers in Florida

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Executive Summary - In the early 1990s, roughly two percent of American workers were subject to mandatory arbitration agreements with their employers. By 2018, that number was closer to sixty percent. But while predispute...more

Dechert LLP

Recently Enacted Legislation Shows New York's Continued Focus on Tackling Workplace Harassment and Discrimination

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul on March 16, 2022, signed three new bills into law that address workplace harassment and discrimination. These laws bolster New York State's anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws by...more

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The UK ratifies international Violence and Harassment Convention

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On 7 March 2022, the UK became the 11th country to ratify the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Convention on Violence and Harassment which will come into force in a year's time....more

Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP

FAIR Act: U.S. House Passes Bill Eliminating Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

U.S. HOUSE PASSES THE FAIR ACT - On March 17, 2022, the United States House of Representatives passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR Act), which prohibits all pre-dispute mandatory arbitration provisions...more

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Jury Trial Waivers May be an Option for Employers in the Wake of the Ending Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment...

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On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the “Act”), amending the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to expressly prohibit mandatory...more

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New Jersey’s “Ban” Against Mandatory Arbitration Provisions Suffers Another Setback

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Since its enactment in 2019, the ban against mandatory arbitration provisions in employment agreements contained in Section 12.7 of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) has been on thin ice. And it appears to have...more

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Ban on Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims Enacted 

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On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the “Act”). The Act voids pre-dispute arbitration agreements that require a party to...more

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New Federal Law Prohibits Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Harassment Claims

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On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law H.R. 4445, titled "Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021" ("Act"). The law amends the Federal Arbitration Act to prohibit employers...more

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Mandatory Arbitration Agreements May Be in Jeopardy

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A bill that would prohibit most pre-dispute mandatory arbitration agreements is one step closer to becoming law. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (“FAIR Act”) yesterday...more

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Sexual Harassment, Assault Claims No Longer Subject to Arbitration Under FAA

President Joseph Biden has signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, allowing individuals asserting a claim of sexual harassment or assault to file suit in court despite the...more

Rumberger | Kirk

Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021

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...As anticipated, President Biden has signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (hereinafter “new law”). The new law amends the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to give...more

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Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act Signed into Law

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President Joe Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the Act) on March 3, 2022. The Act amends the Federal Arbitration Act and gives individuals asserting...more

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President Signs #MeToo Legislation Prohibiting Compelled Arbitration of Employee Sexual Misconduct Claims

On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (the “Act”) into law. As one might expect based on the name, the Act prohibits employers from requiring...more

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Biden signs #MeToo arbitration limit into law

Employers can't require arbitration of sexual harassment, assault lawsuits. President Biden has signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act. The legislation provides that...more

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Say Good-bye to Mandatory Arbitration of Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

On March 3, 2022, just days before the recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, President Biden signed into law landmark legislation paving a clearer path for individuals to pursue workplace sexual harassment and...more

Smith Gambrell Russell

Congress Amends Federal Arbitration Act with Respect to Arbitrability of Claims of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

President Biden has signed into law a significant new piece of federal legislation that allows employees to avoid enforcement of any pre-dispute agreement that would require employees to arbitrate sexual assault or harassment...more

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President Biden Signs HR 4445 Limiting Scope of Employment Arbitration Agreements

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To update our February 16, 2022 Blog, on March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the law amending the Federal Arbitration Act to prohibit mandatory arbitration of employee claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault....more

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