California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) proposed a bill that would ban employers from requiring employees to sign mandatory arbitration contracts.
Under AB 3080, companies cannot make new hires waive their right to file lawsuits over sexual harassment, discrimination, wage theft and force workers into closed-door arbitration. Some argue that arbitration becomes an unsuccessful dispute resolution method when it is not chosen freely by both parties. But business groups disagree.
Debate over the bill is scheduled to be heard in the Judiciary Committee Tuesday and could reach the Assembly floor by the end of the month.
Steve Smith, spokesman for the California Labor Federation, a chief sponsor of AB 3080, made up of more than 1,200 unions, representing 2.1 million union members in various industries; he tweets @ssmith_clabor
John Kabateck, state director of the California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), an organization advocating for small business owners; he is the president of Kabateck Strategies, a Sacramento-based public affairs firm serving small and medium-sized businesses across the state