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Government

Congress May End Mandatory Arbitration

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Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Il.), flanked by (l) Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and (r) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Hoping to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, members of Congress have introduced a bill that would allow victims to take their cases to court.

It's called the "Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act," and one of the lead sponsors is Congresswoman Cheri Bustos from East Moline and Illinois' 17th District. 

During a news conference in Washington D.C. Wednesday, Bustos said 60 million Americans have forced arbitration clauses in their contracts, but this bill would give them the option of going to court.

"We know there are many good companies out there and they have nothing to fear in this. But to the ceo's and managers who think that every day in the workplace ought to be like an episode of "Mad Men," we've got a message for you - stop it and stop it now.

To end sexual harassment in the workplace, Bustos says legal protections for harassers have to be eliminated.

Co-sponsors of the bill include senators and members of the House, men and women, and members of both parties. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.