Halliburton's Arbitration Trap

No one – especially a victim of a heinous, violent crime – should be denied access to a judge and jury because of a binding mandatory arbitration clause in an employment contract.

Unfortunately, this is what is happening to Jamie Leigh Jones, who recently told ABC’s 20/20 that she was gang raped while working for a Halliburton subsidiary in Iraq.  Now, she is being victimized twice over.  Halliburton is denying her constitutional right to take the perpetrators to court.

Binding mandatory arbitration agreements like Halliburton's are increasingly common. This means that Jamie, like millions of other Americans, will be forced into a secret, privatized justice system with no accountability. She might even be required to make her case to an arbitrator chosen by Halliburton, with no appeal to anyone else.

And it's not just employment contracts. Binding mandatory arbitration clauses are showing up in the contracts we sign for cell phones, credit cards, cable TV, trading stocks, or entering a nursing home.

But, there is something you can do about this! Personalize the letter below to insist that your members of Congress support legislation to ban the use of pre-dispute binding mandatory arbitration clauses in ALL consumer and employment contracts.

August 21, 2019


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