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Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos taking on the sexual harassment issue. She wants to ban mandatory arbitration for such cases and give employees other options.

Bustos says forced arbitration clauses prevent victims of sexual harassment from discussing the nature or basis of their complaint. She says if an employee’s contract or employee handbook includes a forced arbitration clause, the employee is likely to have signed away his or her right to a jury trial whether or not they are aware of the clause. She adds employees are far more likely to win cases that go to trial than cases that go through the arbitration process. 

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