Forced Arbitration Ban Paving the Way for Safer Workplaces

When an 87-year-old former nun with memory loss was sexually assaulted in her nursing home, her nieces tried to bring a lawsuit against the facility, but they had no right to sue. Why? A forced arbitration clause in the company's contract legally barred any resident from bringing a civil suit for any reason and at any time in the future.  Legal advocates estimate that as many as 90 percent of large nursing-home chains in the U.S. now include arbitration agreements in their admissions contracts. And because of this, our most vulnerable citizens are at risk for neglect, assault, and abuse wi