“The CFPB claims to protect consumers, but in reality this new rule only serves to benefit the profits of class action trial attorneys This rule will rip the benefits of arbitration to settle disputes outside of court right out from under Arkansans and lead to a flood of costly, lengthy litigation. Congress should begin a process in earnest to rescind this anti-consumer rule.”Seems like trial lawyers will be rubbing their hands at an end to arbitration of sexual harassment claims, particularly in these MeToo times. The threat of publicity can encourage much bigger settlements for plaintiffs, for one thing. Might such a law lead to a "flood of costly, lengthy litigation?"
“Specifically, we seek to ensure these victims’ access to the courts, so that they may pursue justice and obtain appropriate relief free from the impediment of arbitration requirements,” the letter states.
Florida’s attorney general Pam Bondi and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein led the coalition.
“Decades of private arbitration proceedings regarding sexual harassment have had the unintended consequence of protecting serial violators and it must end,” Bondi said. “I … look forward to the passage of strong federal legislation to help protect employees from workplace sexual harassment.”All 56 U.S. attorneys general signed a letter issued Monday to leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. They urged lawmakers to pass federal legislation giving victims of workplace sexual harassment access to the judicial system, instead of limiting them to employment contracts mandating alternative dispute resolution.