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EY (aka Ernst & Young ) (n/a)

Requires arbitration for sexual harassment

In the summer of 2019, a news story about former Ernst & Young partner Karen Ward revealed that the company requires arbitration for sexual harassment claims. ("Ward’s employment contract with EY contained a forced arbitration clause.")

The story shone a rare light on arbitration for a sexual harassment claim, typically an opaque process. The same story revealed Ward has paid $185,000 to have judges hear her sexual harassment and discrimination complaint against her former employer. 

Sixty seven New York state lawmakers later urged Ernst & Young to end its policy of requiring employees to arbitrate sexual harassment claims to no avail. 

Note: Ernst & Young is not a publicly listed company. 

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