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When corporations silence employees via arbitration, shareholders lose

From Reuters: 02/13/2018.

"Tens of millions of American workers have already signed contracts agreeing to arbitrate their claims on their own. If the Supreme Court endorses employers’ right to impose mandatory individual arbitration, millions more will undoubtedly be forced to sign or else lose their jobs."

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Microsoft Moves to End Secrecy in Sexual Harassment Claims

From the New York Times: 12/06/2017.

"The wave of sexual harassment claims has toppled powerful men in entertainment, media and politics. Now, it is also creating permanent changes in workplace policy at one giant technology company."

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Bill would let silenced victims of workplace harassment take their claims to court

From the Washington Post: 12/06/2017.

"In a year of broken silence about sexual harassment, the bill offered a reminder that accusers' quest for resolution is often complicated or kept out of reach by legal restrictions beyond their control. Forced-arbitration agreements have been repeatedly cited this year as a barrier for women seeking to name perpetrators of sexual misconduct."

A new federal court ruling has huge significance for military reservists

From the Military Times: 10/15/2016.

When Navy reservist Kevin Ziober was call to duty, he never thought he’d lose his job and be denied the rights he was fighting to protect.

Read the full article here.

Congress Intends To Destroy Your Rights And Hopes You Won’t Notice

If you're reading this, you noticed.

Consumer advocate Joanne Doroshow lays out the details in her excellent Huffington Post column:

No ACA Replacement Yet, But Congress Has A Master Plan to Take Away Patients' Right

This is not exactly progress. The "Protecting Access to Care Act" (H.R. 1215) doesn't actually help anyone get safe, affordable health care, but it does a bunch of other stuff nobody asked for -- especially health care consumers and anyone who hates brazen federal power grabs. 

Congress' First Move: Bail out Wells Fargo, Samsung, and VW

Tort reformers in Congress are pushing a new bill that would scale back the ability of large groups of consumers to band together and sue businesses. The so-called "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act" (H.R. 985) is anything but fair to Americans.

“If this bill becomes law, it will deny justice to Americans who suffer from financial fraud and deceptive scams, massive civil and human rights violations, or unsafe products and toxic workplaces that cause horrific injuries and deaths.” said Linda Lipsen, CEO, American Association for Justice.

Robot Driver, Human Fall Guy

If a robot car crashes, who should take the blame? The human, even if they’re not actually driving? The car manufacturer? The software designer?

Forced Arbitration: How Corporations Bully Americans

It’s estimated that as many as half a billion forced arbitration clauses are buried in the fine print of everything from credit card agreements, bank accounts, student loans, children’s breakfast cereals, even Starbucks gift

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