Over the last 10 years, thousands of businesses across the country -- from big corporations to storefront shops -- have used arbitration to create an alternate system of justice. There, rules tend to favor businesses, and judges and juries have been replaced by arbitrators who commonly consider the companies their clients, The Times found.
Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery, New York (NY) Times
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Debbie Brenner, whose fraud case against a for-profit school chain was forced into arbitration and left her nearly bankrupt.
November 1, 2015 | Deborah L. Pierce, an emergency room doctor in Philadelphia, was optimistic when she brought a sex discrimination claim against the medical group that had dismissed her. Respected by colleagues, she said she had a stack of glowing evaluations and evidence that the practice had a pattern of denying women partnerships.
She began to worry, though, once she was blocked from court and forced into private arbitration.
Presiding over the case was not a judge but a corporate lawyer, Vasilios J. Kalogredis, who also handled arbitrations. When Dr. Pierce showed up one day for a hearing, she said she noticed Mr. Kalogredis having a friendly coffee with the head of the medical group she was suing.
Jessica Silver-Greenberg is a reporter at the New York Times covering banking and consumer finance.
Michael Corkery is a Reporter at The New York Times. covering banking and finance.
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