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Monday, October 05, 2009

Al Franken: A better senator than we could have imagined in our most liberal dreams
Posted by Jill | 7:11 PM
From Blue Girl:
Senator Al Franken is proving his mettle as a United States Senator and leaving no doubt that he is absolutely cut out for the job and is doing it for the right reasons and the right people - the American people, not corporations.

To that end, he has offered an amendment to the annual Defense Appropriations bill that would prohibit the DoD from using contractors and subcontractors that requite their employees to resolve Title VII and sexual assault tort claims via forced arbitration.

Senator Franken's amendment is limited in scope, covering only Title VII and sexual assault cases, but if it passes the amendment will cover a major portion of employment cases that are brought by workers and would be an extremely important precedent for blocking forced arbitration of claims filed by employees.

The Amendment is set to come to the floor for a vote tomorrow afternoon. Call the Senate Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator's office and tell your Senators that you want to support Senator Franken's amendment.

Mandatory arbitration of employee-brought cases is pure evil, denying access to the courts to people who need it most. I find it especially galling when a woman who has volunteered to go work in a war zone as a medic or a firefighter or in any other capacity is sexually assaulted by a coworker in a war zone should not be doubly victimized by a system that denies her access to the courts, the only method of redress she has.

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