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Supreme Court Upholds Employers' Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Barring Class Actions

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PUBLISHED ON: June 18, 2018

On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court handed down a pivotal decision in the arena of employment law, ending the uncertainty over the enforceability of mandatory arbitration agreements barring class actions. The Supreme Court ruled that an employee who enters into an arbitration agreement containing a class waiver as a condition of employment is precluded from pursuing class actions and must resolve disputes through arbitration. This raises new implications for employers.

 

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The author would like to thank Wendy Chiapaikeo, a summer law clerk in the firm's New York office, for her assistance in preparing this article. Wendy, a second year law student at Fordham University School of law, has also interned at the Environmental Crimes Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and has worked at the Manhattan Attorney's Office.