Date:September 22, 2014
The proliferation of forced arbitration clauses in contracts and terms of agreement for credit cards, automobile purchases, cell phones, retirement accounts, employment, nursing home admissions, and goods and services has stripped away some of the most basic rights guaranteed to all Americans in the United States Constitution. Unfortunately, as a Manchester personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman can attest, forced arbitration language is often buried in the fine print of contracts, and should not be forced upon people as a condition of taking a job, receiving medical care, or getting basic consumer services. For more information, read these very informative articles from the Fair Arbitration Coalition, the American Association for Justice, and Public Citizen.
Thousands of businesses, from credit card companies, banks and investment firms to cell phone providers, schools and nursing homes, are inserting legalese into employment contracts and service agreements called “forced,” “binding” or “mandatory arbitration.” When something goes wrong – and in some cases terribly wrong – the customer, renter, homeowner, resident, patient, employee, etc., is forced into arbitration.
Companies often use forced arbitration to avoid accountability for their wrongdoing. In the event of a dispute with the corporation, forced arbitration says that a consumer or an employee cannot take their case to court but instead has to go to a private arbitration forum designed by the very corporation the dispute is against. When people are harmed by discrimination, negligence, defective products, scams, or worse, they have a right to equal justice. If you should have any questions or concerns about how forced arbitration has affected or could affect you, please feel free to contact a Manchester personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC at (603) 624-7200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org