On February 28, 2019, legislators introduced the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, a bill to amend Title 9 of the U.S. Code, which would eliminate the practice of forced arbitration which advocates for workers.
Many corporations require as a condition of employment that their employees waive their rights to a trial by judge or jury and instead bring their claims to private arbitration. These mandatory agreements have faced mounting criticisms, particularly because of the denial of access to the courts and the confidentiality requirements.
During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Jay Forester met with policy advisors on both sides to discuss how, in most instances, mandatory workplace arbitration agreements have negatively impacted the rights of Forester Haynie’s clients and whether the best solution would come through the federal FAIR Act or at the state level.
While in D.C., Jay had the opportunity to visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, dedicated to the 32nd President of the United States known for his New Deal that restored prosperity to Americans. It is important to remember and honor the work of historical advocates who have contributed to the betterment of society, just as it is important to strive to become them.
Recently, Jay has met with and discussed equivalent state-level legislation pertaining to arbitration agreements with legislators. While Forester Haynie’s advocacy is typically fought through the courtroom, their attorneys are well aware that advocacy is a long-term game.
Working conditions have greatly improved since FDR’s presidency. Our firm is dedicated to ensuring that workers continue to see improvements–even if that means knocking on the door of the Capitol.