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DeKalb County moves to prohibit contractors from using ‘binding arbitration’ with subs

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DeKalb County moves to prohibit contractors from using ‘binding arbitration’ with subs

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.
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DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

DeKalb County Commissioners have adopted an ordinance that would prohibit county contractors from forcing subcontractors into binding arbitration clauses to ward off lawsuits.

“Prior to the passage of this legislation, prime contractors were able to use their unequal bargaining power to force small businesses to sign away their right to pursue a claim in a court of law if a dispute arose,” a press release from the County Commission says.

Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson led the effort.

“This legislation levels the playing field between prime and subcontractors and helps ensure that small businesses doing business with DeKalb County are treated fairly,” she said in a press release. “A small business should not be forced to give up its right to a jury trial in order to work for DeKalb County.”

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