September 13, 2014
AFJ's First Monday campaign: Fighting back against forced arbitration
Buried in everyday agreements for products, services, and jobs is fine print saying when you are harmed, you can't go before an impartial jury or judge. Instead, these forced arbitration clauses send you to a decision-maker chosen by the company that wronged you. Not surprisingly, one study found that arbitrators rule for companies over consumers 94 percent of the time. And you're stuck with their decision because there's no appeal. It's a rigged system that helps companies evade responsibility for violating anti-discrimination, consumer protection, and public health laws.
But AFJ is fighting back. This fall, our 2014 First Monday campaign will educate the public about forced arbitration and provide tools to help all Americans stand up for our rights. At the heart of the campaign is a new video. Lost in the Fine Print tells the story of three everyday people who found themselves trapped in a system that is stacked against them and what that did to their lives and livelihoods.
Sign up here to be one of the first to see the video.
Find out more about forced arbitration.
Hear AFJ Justice Programs Director Michelle Schwartz discuss forced arbitration on several radio programs:
The Julianna Forlano Show
Majority Report with Sam Seder
The Matthew Flipowicz Show
John Gear is a Salem attorney in solo practice