Congress Approves Sex Harassment Bill in #MeToo Milestone

The measure bars employment contracts from forcing people to settle sexual assault or harassment cases through arbitration rather than in court.

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Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, center, celebrates with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., left, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., after Congress gave final approval to legislation guaranteeing that people who experience sexual harassment at work can seek recourse in the courts, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Since her 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit against then Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, Carlson has worked to ban non-disclosure agreements and forced arbitration clauses in employment agreements to prevent victims of sexual harassment from being silenced. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Congress on Thursday gave final approval to legislation guaranteeing that people who experience sexual harassment at work can seek recourse in the courts, a milestone for the #MeToo movement that prompted a national reckoning on the way sexual misconduct claims are handled. The measure, which is expected to be signed by President Joe Biden, bars employment contracts from forcing people to settle sexual assault or harassment cases through arbitration rather than…

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