NACA and Fair Arbitration Now coalition strongly supports the Restoring Justice for Workers Act, which would ensure that millions of U.S. workers will once again have their day in court to enforce protections available to them under employment and civil right laws.
One-year after tie-breaking vote in Congress that killed CFPB's arbitration rule, consumers still need their rights restored.
NACA joins with organizational partners calling on technology companies to remove forced arbitration clauses from contracts with their employees.
NACA urges the Department of Education to maintain the prohibition on forced arbitration clauses and class action bans in for-profit college enrollment contracts with students.
NACA commends Rep. Cheri Bustos' (IL) introduction of H.R. 4734, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act. By making forced arbitration clauses invalid and unenforceable for claims of sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination as defined under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation would ensure that workers can go to court to enforce critical protections and help them to seek justice for related harm. The proposal would be a positive step forward in the effort to eliminate forced arbitration altogether and restore individuals’ legal rights in consumer and workplace disputes.
*Revised January 3, 2018
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, NACA wrote: "Access to justice is a fundamental right of the American people and small businesses. Yet overwhelmingly, harmed consumers and small businesses face impenetrable obstacles when they seek to go to court to obtain remedies. The Committee should reject any proposals that would further delay and deny ordinary people and small businesses of the right to use the public court system or that would interfere with the ability of judges and juries to do their jobs. Instead, the Committee should examine ways to restore meaningful remedies and access to court for individuals and small merchants."
H.R. 2936, the poorly named “Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2017,” not only fails to improve the quality of public forests by promoting potentially harmful and destructive logging projects, but tramples on access to justice principles by stifling citizens’ ability to seek redress through our courts.
NACA submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee to share its views for the upcoming hearing titled “Wells Fargo: One Year Later.” In September 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. $100 million for illegally opening millions of accounts without its customers’ permission. Since then, the continued revelations and allegations of the bank’s years-long, systemic mistreatment and defrauding of customers to reap profit has been astounding. Indeed, the level of Wells Fargo’s offenses is reminiscent of the recklessness that led to the 2008 financial crisis when profitable but predatory financial schemes were accepted despite their devastating threat to American consumers’ financial security. It is in the Committee’s hands to support and uphold policies, including the CFPB’s arbitration rule, that will ensure Wells Fargo and other bad actors in the financial sector, such as the credit reporting agency Equifax, are not only held fully accountable for damage they cause but that they are also deterred from engaging in pernicious business practices in the first instance.
National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), a national nonprofit association actively engaged in promoting a fair and open marketplace that forcefully protects the rights of consumers, particularly those of modest means, urged U.S. Senators to oppose S.J.Res.47 and H.J.Res.111, a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would repeal the arbitration rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (bureau). The Resolution would give the financial sector a pass to once again take away Americans’ legal rights that the bureau has rightfully restored.