On October 30, 2018, in Washington D.C., the Restoring Justice for Workers Act was introduced to overrule the 2018 Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis.
In May 2018, Epic Systems v. Lewis allowed employers to use forced arbitration clauses to prevent workers from accessing their legal rights. These clauses are typically buried in fine print. Employers could collectively force their employees to waive their rights to pursue work-related claims.
Arbitration is an alternative to filing a lawsuit that is designed to streamline legal issues in a cost-conscious manner. In almost any arbitration, the complaining party will send the opposing party a notice of their intent to arbitrate a dispute. There is generally a period for response, following by a selection of arbitrators, and the actual hearing.