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AG Derek Schmidt urges Congress to give employees more recourse after sexual harassment

Release Date: Feb 12, 2018

TOPEKA – (February 12, 2018) − Attorney General Derek Schmidt today joined a rare coalition of all 56 states and territories urging Congress to end forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment.

Schmidt, along with all 55 other state and territorial attorneys general, sent a letter today to Congressional leadership seeking enactment of legislation to ensure that sexual harassment victims have access to the judicial system and are not required, as a condition of employment, to forfeit this right. Too often, employees are required to sign employment contracts containing arbitration clauses mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through private arbitration instead of the judicial process.

“Workplace sexual harassment claims are not merely a contract dispute or a disagreement about office policies," Schmidt said. "They are allegations of illegal conduct, and both accusers and the accused deserve their day in court."

A copy of the letter is available at http://bit.ly/2G6HopE.

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