The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal “FAIR” Act. The vote was 225-186 and will be sent over to the Senate to be voted on. Leading the charge in the Senate is Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat.
The FAIR Act outlaws the practice of contractually demanding that employees and consumers use private dispute resolution. That means workers and the consumers could bring them to public, independent courts. Often these private hearing and courts are stacked in favor of the corporations.
Basically companies have been sneaking statements into their Terms and Conditions and other binding contracts which waived the ability to bring a company to court. A sort of ‘get-out-of-jail free’ card for corporations. These conditions often led companies behaving unfairly and in secret such as; banks overcharging, silencing sexual harassment and assault victims and denying paying overtime.
Currently the White House and Trump’s staff oppose the FAIR Act. Trump’s office said the bill would “increase litigation, costs, and inefficiency, including by exposing the vast majority of businesses to even more unnecessary litigation.”
Wright & Schulte and other law firms around the country want to keep companies accountable and protect consumers. The FAIR Act will help law firms lead the way for safe, fair relationships between corporations and you.