Gretchen Barretto, aside from being one of the industry’s most beautiful actresses, has also made headlines due to her rift with her family, particularly with mom Inday and younger sister Claudine Barretto.Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70 titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Known as forced arbitration, powerful companies use “ripoff clauses” to kick complaints brought by consumers and employees out of public court and into secret arbitration. A recent federal study revealed that banks and lenders are 10 times more likely to prevail in arbitration than their customers.Not only are victims barred from speaking publicly about the harm they suffered, every aspect of their claim is decided by a private firm bought and paid for by the company. In employment disputes, the Economic Policy Institute found that employees were 70% more likely to win in federal court over arbitration, and the median recovery for workers in federal court discrimination cases was 6,426, compared to just ,500 in secret arbitration.
The CFPB rule is a major step in the right direction; we need broader federal reforms to end forced arbitration altogether.
In its 2016 policy statement, the EEOC details how forced arbitration “shields…employment practices from public scrutiny” and “impede[s] the development of the law.” The National Labor Relations Board has also held that class action bans violate federal labor law, a position recently affirmed by the Seventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Americans should never be forced to trade in their rights just to participate in the workforce or the marketplace—nor should they be barred from sharing their stories publicly.
" The brouhaha began when veteran entertainment columnist Lolit Solis in an Instagram post cited a source, who told her that Gretchen and Ang supposedly shared more than a couple of sweet moments while out for dinner.
"Ang ate ko, kaya sila nagtagal ni Tonyboy dahil loyal at faithful ‘yan. Masaya, masaya sila ngayon, iyong pamilya nila," Claudine said of the rumors, before adding: "Sana matigil na iyan." Claudine also surmised that the reason Gretchen went out with Ang was to talk business, saying that their older brother, Joaquin, did have ventures with Ang.