Meeting Archive:
Signing Your Rights Away: Coercive Waivers in the Workplace and How Advocates Can Fight Back

Meeting Description:

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) invite you to participate in a webinar about the rise of employers using coercive waivers to skirt responsibility by asking workers to sign their rights away in the workplace. Participants will provide information and advocacy tools for attorneys working with clients facing these issues.

Employers often present workers with these provisions, including forced arbitration clauses and non-competition and non-disclosure agreements in pre-employment contracts and settlement and severance provisions that limit a worker’s ability to challenge exploitative and abusive conditions at work both during and after employment.

Workers across the economy, including in low-wage industries, are given the choice to sign or decline employment or valuable benefits such as a severance or settlement package. This webinar will focus on unpacking the types of clauses workers most commonly face and the legal and public policy efforts to push back against their use by employers. Fighting back against these waivers is difficult, but it can be done. 

This is the second webinar co-sponsored by NWLC and NELP, in a series focused on providing tools for attorneys working with low-wage workers, who may experience intersecting forms of workplace exploitation – from wage and hour issues to sexual harassment. The first webinar can be found here:

Date: Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Time: 03:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): National Employment Law Project (NELP) and National Women's Law Center (NWLC
 Presenter Information
Karla Gilbride
Cartwright-Baron Staff Attorney, Public Justice 

Alexis Ronickher

Ramya Sekaran
Workplace Justice Fellow, National Women’s Law Center 

Najah Farley, Moderator
Senior Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project