The bill aims to end secret, mandatory arbitration proceedings for claims brought by employees against their employers.

When local attorney Elizabeth Jubin Fujiwara started representing sex discrimination victims in Hawaii in 1986, it was rare to come across employees who were bound to go through secret arbitration proceedings rather than the court system.

But over the past 30 years, Fujiwara says mandatory arbitration provisions have gotten more and more common, making it harder for her clients to go public with their claims.

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