Ex-Fox host backs California bill to ban forced arbitration
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is joining California Democrats to promote a bill aimed at protecting workers from signing forced arbitration and nondisclosure agreements.
AB3080 would bar employers from requiring as a condition of employment forced arbitration agreements that compel employees to settle workplace complaints instead of going to court. It would also prohibit employers from forcing people into nondisclosure agreements related to sexual misconduct to get or keep a job.
Carlson said Wednesday such agreements protect sexual harassers.
Carlson made headlines in 2016 when she said publicly she was fired from Fox News for rejecting sexual advances by the network’s CEO Roger Ailes.
The California Chamber of Commerce has labeled the bill a “job killer” and argues it would make handling workplace complaints more difficult.