End Forced Arbitration!
"If a defective product harms you, or an employer discriminates against you, you would expect the right to do something about it - right?
Increasingly, corporations have been using forced arbitration to take advantage of Americans and avoid accountability when they harm consumers and employees. Together, we can do something about it.
What is forced arbitration?
Let's start with the basics. Arbitration is a private system companies use to resolve disputes with employees and consumers. There are no judges or juries in arbitration, and appealing a decision is not allowed. Forced arbitration occurs when you are stuck with arbitration as your only option: no access to a courtroom, no legal recourse, no justice.
Why would I choose forced arbitration?
That's exactly the point: you wouldn't! Forced arbitration clauses are buried in the fine print of terms of agreement and contracts for employment, insurance, retirement accounts, home-building, credit cards, nursing facilities…the list goes on. Even if you refuse to sign a contract, but show up to work or use a product or service, you can be forced into arbitration.
Here's what you can do to stop forced arbitration:
Visit our new website. FairArbitrationNow.org is our action center for putting an end to forced arbitration.
Sign the petition. We'll be using the petition in conversations with congressional leaders to show how important this issue is to voters. Add your signature to help us make a strong case for banning forced arbitration now.
Attend Arbitration Day on April 29 in Washington, D.C. Jamie Leigh Jones is coming - are you?
Even if you can't come to D.C., you can make a difference at home. Let us know if you'd like to meet with your reps. in their local offices or write your local paper.
Big businesses are stacking the deck, forcing you to waive your rights and play by their rules. Now is the time to stop companies from evading accountability."
Kyle, Angela, and the rest of the Action Team at Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division