7th Circuit Appeals Court Holds Binding Arbitration Requirement for Employees to be Unlawful

7th Circuit Appeals Court Holds Binding Arbitration Requirement for Employees to be Unlawful

In a landmark — but entirely common-sense! — ruling in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation, No. 15-2997 (7th Cir. 2016), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the lower court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a wage and hour class and collective action. The Court held that requiring employees to agree to arbitrate any disputes they may have with their employer on an individual basis, without the strength, benefits, and support of a collective or class action, as a condition of continued employment, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and was illegal. [Read more…]