Tell Congress to stop big business from putting “Trix” in the fine print
Perhaps you saw the story in The New York Times: General Mills, the company that makes everything from Trix cereal to Yoplait Yogurt, was the latest big business to try to jump on the forced arbitration bandwagon.
The idea was that if you got food poisoning from a General Mills product or were deceived by false advertising for something they sell, you would be barred from standing up for your rights in court. Instead, you'd have to go to an arbitrator – hired and paid for by General Mills. Not surprisingly, a study of such proceedings found that arbitrators ruled for the companies paying them more than 93 percent of the time.
Public outrage caused General Mills to back down. But many other companies, ranging from Instagram to Carnival Cruises to the Oakland Raiders, are inflicting forced arbitration on customers and employees. Microsoft, the company that gave us Vista, Ctrl-Alt-Delete and Clippy is trying to clip our rights with forced arbitration clauses. Forced arbitration is undermining some of our most fundamental consumer protections – and even our civil rights laws. Forced arbitration prevents employees from suing over harassment and discrimination.
But there’s a solution: It’s called the Arbitration Fairness Act, and AFJ has been a leader in supporting it. Tell your members of Congress you’re fed up with “Trix” in the fine print. Tell them to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act.