Earlier this year, we started a petition asking the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) to include information about which law firms subject their employees to forced arbitration in its directory of legal employers. This is vital to ensuring that law students—and all employees—are never forced to choose between their civil rights and their job.
The bad news? NALP flat out refused to make any information about forced arbitration available to students. When we asked why, the director told us that forced arbitration is a “lawful means of managing risk for employees.” Also, law firms pay a lot of money to be listed in their directory, and NALP was concerned it might lose revenue if it asked about forced arbitration.
It’s no surprise that NALP would side with the interests of a few legal employers that pay it instead of the nearly 1,000 law students who signed our petition. But we won’t let up. Unlike NALP, we know that forced arbitration is morally wrong, even if an all-male majority on the Supreme Court ensures it remains legal.
The good news? NALP has indicated that it might reconsider our petition at its board meeting in November. We need to keep the pressure on, and we need your help.
1. Help us get to 1,000 signatures on our petition! We’re almost there, and we’ll get there if you and a friend sign our petition.
2. Tweet at NALP (@NALPorg) to let it know that we’re watching. Here are some examples, or write your own!
Even after #MeToo, some law firms are still making associates give up their right to sue through forced arbitration. Law students don’t have the information they need to make career choices—because @NALPorg won’t ask! #EndForcedArbitration #TimesUp https://www.coworker.org/petitions/don-t-let-law-firms-hide-harassment-and-discrimination
Law students depend on @NALPorg to make career choices, but NALP won’t protect us by asking law firms if they require forced arbitration! I’m calling on NALP to stop protecting firms’ dirty secrets and do its part to #EndForcedArbitration. https://www.coworker.org/petitions/don-t-let-law-firms-hide-harassment-and-discrimination
No one should be forced to choose between their civil rights and their job. @NALPorg needs to hold law firms that use forced arbitration accountable. #EndForcedArbitration https://www.coworker.org/petitions/don-t-let-law-firms-hide-harassment-and-discrimination
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Thanks for your support. Together, we will #EndForcedArbitration!