Terri Gerstein & Heidi Shierholz

Terri Gerstein is director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program. 

Heidi Shierholz is a senior economist and the director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute and a former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Recent Articles

The Chamber Speaks: Forced Arbitration Is Actually Good for Workers!

A new study from the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute is an epic presentation of wrong answers to wrong questions.

AP Photo Happy 14-year-old worker enjoys forced arbitration, no lunch. When members of Congress try to legislate in a bipartisan manner based on the merits, experts appearing before them should give information that is intellectually honest and aboveboard. Unfortunately, a recent report on arbitration by a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate is anything but. In an era of hyperpartisanship, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle nonetheless appear to be interested in addressing the harm caused by forced arbitration, the practice of forcing workers to give up their access to the court system to resolve grievances with their employers. These shared concerns started with the #MeToo movement: last year, every state attorney general signed a letter calling on Congress to end forced arbitration in sexual harassment cases. In 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) jointly proposed legislation to void arbitration agreements in such cases, which was reintroduced in the...