Cicilline Statement on Judiciary Committee Vote to End Forced Arbitration

Sep 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who is a lead cosponsor of the FAIR Act (H.R. 1423) to end forced arbitration with Congressman Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (GA-04), issued the following statement today after the bill passed the House Judiciary Committee:

 

“For too long, corporations have used forced arbitration clauses buried deep in the fine print of contracts to undermine rights of working people,” Cicilline said. “By forcing victims of corporate misconduct into a private system that is rigged in favor of these same companies, this corrupt, shameful system continues to rob people of their ability to hold wrongdoers accountable in the court of law. This has to end. I’m thankful for my colleagues’ support of this important legislation, and I’m proud the FAIR Act now heads to the House Floor for a vote.”

 

Federal courts have continued to allow forced arbitration clauses to be used in almost any agreement—including civil rights violations and incidents of workplace harassment. This has resulted in almost every American being subject to a forced arbitration agreement in one of their contracts.

 

Cicilline promised that he would use his role as Chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee to stand up for working people. In May, he held a hearing on forced arbitration and the harmful impacts that these clauses have on hardworking Americans.

 

The FAIR Act now heads to the House Floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.