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Unethical clauses

| Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Forced arbitration, or putting a clause in a contract that presents consumers from suing companies for wrongdoing, is unethical. This practice eliminates the power of individuals to go through with class-action lawsuits if they've been taken advantage of.

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released new guidelines that bring attention to these clauses and return the right to sue to the consumer. However, Wall Street banks strongly oppose this rule, as does U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, likely because he received over half a million dollars from the financial services industry during the 2016 election cycle.

Corporations are not people. Instead of participating in greedy practices, Rothfus should stand with his constituents and listen to the needs of his own district.

Tess Lalor

Fox Chapel

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