May 7, 2013

National Employment Lawyers Association
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The National Employment Lawyers Association's Statement on
the Introduction of the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2013

(Washington, DC) – Patricia A. Barasch, President of the National Employment Lawyers Association, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) of 2013:

"On behalf of millions of America's workers, NELA applauds the legislative efforts of Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) to ban pre-dispute forced arbitration of employment and consumer claims. 

The AFA is necessary to end the insidious practice of employers requiring vulnerable workers – from minimum wage employees to U.S. servicemembers to highly compensated executives – to give up their rights under federal, state, and local anti-discrimination and other worker protection laws in order to get or keep their jobs."

NELA joins 44 other public interest organizations in urging Congress to pass this legislation without delay. The Fair Arbitration Now coalition issued a press release, including client stories. 

For more information, please visit the Fair Arbitration Now coalition website.

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The National Employment Lawyers Association advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. NELA provides assistance and support to lawyers in protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar. It is the country's largest professional organization exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination and other employment-related matters. NELA and its 68 circuit, state, and local affiliates have more than 3,000 members around the country.
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