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Bustos Bill to End Forced Arbitration Bill Passes

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Moline Congresswoman Cheri Bustos speaking in the US House on Monday

Just three days after it was approved by the House, a bill introduced by Moline Congresswoman Cheri Bustos passed in the Senate Thursday.

Called the The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, it would void arbitration agreements in any contract when complaints are filed for possible sexual assault or harassment. An estimated 60 million Americans will be affected, plus millions more with contracts for nursing homes, leases, and movers.

She first introduced the bill five years ago after learning about a company where thousands of women were harassed or assaulted, but forced arbitration kept all their cases secret.

It was approved by a voice vote in the Senate, and by a vote of 335-97 in the House.