WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBNG) -- U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) announced bipartisan legislation to empower sexual harassment and assault survivors.
Gillibrand and Graham were joined by the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).
The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Act would stop perpetrators from being able to push survivors of sexual harassment and assault into the process of forced arbitration.
This legislation would invalidate forced arbitration clauses that prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment survivors from seeking justice and public accountability.
Gillibrand said that forced arbitration is something that allows companies to hide assault and harassment but this new act will put an end to that.
“The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Act would void forced arbitration provisions for sexual assault and harassment, give survivors their day in court and end institutional protections for harassers." She said. "I am proud to introduce this bipartisan and bicameral bill with my colleagues and I commit to passing this critical reform.”