Morales v. American Apparel sounds like a 19th-century novel dramatizing the power businesses and employers hold over workers: An 18-year old female worker was allegedly forced into unwanted sexual activity for months, in order to keep her job. She suffered a nervous breakdown but kept coming back because she had financial obligations and couldn’t find other work. She may not be able to sue for damages, however, because the company in question requires all employees to sign away their rights to a jury trial in their at-will employment contract. Arbitration tends to favor employers over employees. You might think that subjecting a worker to effective sex slavery would obviate such an agreement, by crossing...
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