Gretchen Carlson celebrates major workplace reform

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Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlsonthe person to whom the sexual harassment case was brought Roger Ailes The network’s CEO in 2016, celebrated another victory on Thursday – the passage of a law banning employers from using mandatory arbitration clauses.

The Senate passed the bill by consensus days after it passed the House of Representatives. The law will help employers shield cases such as sexual harassment in the public eye as illegal.

chairperson Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law. The Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act gives employees the option of taking their sexual misconduct complaint to court instead of the common practice of public companies. companies, through employment contracts, force private procedures, often confidential, to resolve claims.

CNN’s Jessica Dean hailed the law as “one of the biggest workplace reforms in decades.” Carlson spoke at the US Capitol after the Senate passed the bill because she was instrumental in campaigning for the law.

“A close friend of mine at the time said to me, ‘You know, Gretchen, something good is going to happen with this.’ I didn’t really see it that way at the time, but it turns out she was right. A lot of good has come from my decision to come forward and speak for millions of other people who haven’t been able to,” Carlson said of the fight against Ailes at Fox News.

The legislation “will allow survivors to choose: secret arbitration or open court. And I believe this bill will have a dual effect,” she continued.

“It will keep companies on the right track of history, that’s for sure. But it will also prevent bad behavior because now the bad guys will know that women’s voices will be heard when they speak out about what’s really happening in the workplace,” concluded Carlson, who eventually settled with Fox for the reported $20 million and an apology from the network.

Many media around the world were quick to congratulate Carlson on his hard work:

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that Carlson did not break his contract with Fox News. Rather, her contract was not renewed by Fox News in 2016.

Is there a trick we should know? Gretchen Carlson celebrates major workplace reform

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