An Act To Prohibit Sexual Harassment as a Subject Matter of Mandatory Arbitration in Employment Contracts
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §806, sub-§§1-B and 3-A are enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 26 MRSA §808 is enacted to read:
§ 808. Mandatory arbitration clauses related to sexual harassment prohibited
Sec. 3. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, chapter 7, subchapter 4-B, in the subchapter headnote, the words "sexual harassment policies" are amended to read "sexual harassment" and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.
This bill prohibits an employment contract entered into after the effective date of this legislation from including a clause that requires arbitration of a sexual harassment allegation or claim and makes any such clause void. The bill does not affect the ability of an employer to include any other arbitration clause in a contract or to enforce the provisions of a contract other than the prohibited clause.