Forced arbitration in sex harassment cases to end

WASHINGTON — A bill written by Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand to end the practice of forcing people who accuse others of sexual harassment or sexual abuse into arbitration is moving to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Senators on Thursday voted to adopt the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, which the House passed 335-97 Monday. Any agreements that prevent someone from filing a lawsuit in open court in cases of alleged sexual assault or harassment will be invalidated once enacted.

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