General Curtis Hill has joined a bipartisan coalition of 50 states, five
territories, and the District of Columbia urging Congress to end secret,
forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment.
employees are required to sign employment contracts containing arbitration
agreements mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through
private arbitration instead of the judicial process,” according to a
statement released this week. “The secrecy surrounding these proceedings can
protect serial violators and provide inadequate relief to victims.”
judicial system stands for the proposition that everyone gets their day in
court,” Hill said.
general letter sent Monday to leaders in the U.S. House of Representative
and the U.S. Senate asks Congress to pass appropriately-tailored legislation
to ensure that sexual harassment victims have a right to their day in court.
“Congress today has both opportunity and cause to champion the rights of
victims of sexual harassment in the workplace by enacting legislation to
free them from the injustice of forced arbitration and secrecy when it comes
to seeking redress from egregious misconduct condemned by all concerned
Americans,” the letter says.