Forced Arbitration Strips You of Your Constitutional Rights

Beware of Hidden Clauses in Employment, Product and Service Contracts

Beware of Hidden Clauses in Employment, Product and Service Contracts

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Americans are unwittingly signing away their rights to hold wrongdoers accountable in a court of law. Read more.

Imagine for a moment buying a car, taking a job or signing up for a credit card, and simultaneously handing over your constitutional right to a trial by jury? It's called "forced," "binding" or "mandatory arbitration," and it happens to millions of Americans every day.

What it means, for example, is that a worker discriminated against on the job can't sue her employer, the family of a seriously abused and neglected nursing home resident can't seek justice in court, or an investor defrauded by a corrupt broker can't demand a public hearing.

Consumer advocates and trial lawyers are fighting back, but we thought You Should Know how to spot this unjust practice.

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BY THE NUMBERS /

81%
Object

When presented with all the facts, 81 percent of Americans surveyed in 2008 overwhelmingly disapproved of forced arbitration.

Source: Legal Arbitration and the Arbitration Fairness Act, American Association for Justice (download)

30
Million
Employers

An estimated 15 to 25 percent of American employers have adopted forced arbitration policies, which means more than 30 million employees (one out of every four non-union workers) have given up their right to go to court.

Source: Employment Arbitration, Fair Arbitration NOW

8
Industries

Seventy-five percent of companies in eight industries - credit card, banking, cell phones, computer manufacturers, cable/Internet providers, auto dealers, brokerages and home builders - routinely invoke mandatory arbitration.

Source: Forced Arbitration: Unfair and Everywhere, Public Citizen

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Federal Watchdog Agency Announces Inquiry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the powerful watchdog agency created by Congress after the Wall Street meltdown, just announced a public inquiry into arbitration and arbitration clauses.

50-State Campaign Launched Against Unfair Arbitration

The National Association of Consumer Advocates, a nonprofit association of attorneys and consumer advocates, is launching a 50-state campaign to teach consumers how to identify and avoid forced arbitration clauses.

Join the Movement to End Forced Arbitration

Fair Arbitration NOW represents millions of people dedicated to ending the clandestine spread of mandatory arbitration, advocating instead for voluntarily arbitration only after a dispute arises. Join here.

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