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Forced Arbitration: Time For A Change

Imagine the following scenario: You go on various job interviews and are given an offer. Your new employer hands you a package of materials for you to review and sign before you can officially begin the job. Among the various documents you are handed is a so-called "Agreement to Arbitrate." It says that both you and your employer agree that any disputes concerning your employment (including claims for discrimination, harassment, payment of wages or wrongful termination) must be resolved by binding arbitration and that you are waiving your right to bring an action in court and also waiving your right to a trial by jury. The "agreement" also says that you also agree to not bring or participate in any class action lawsuits against the employer. And by the way, the so-called agreement states that it can be modified at any time by the employer.

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