Unfortunately, many employers force employees to waive their right to pursue actions in court by requiring their employees to sign arbitration agreements. Companies know that by requiring employees to waive their right to pursue cases in court and on a group basis, that they can make it difficult for employees to find attorneys who can help them achieve justice or stop wage theft.
Recently, in May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis, 138 S.Ct. 1612, 1620 (2018) that arbitration agreements with class action waivers are enforceable in employment cases. Following Epic, employers use arbitration agreements as a barrier to justice. Companies know that hourly employees cannot afford to pay attorneys hundreds of dollars per hour out of pocket to pursue relatively small claims or even to pay the court filing fee of $435. Companies count on employees’ inability to pay attorneys and the arbitration agreements that prohibit group actions to deprive employees of large amounts of money and subject them to unlawful working conditions.
We regularly help employees pursue relatively small amounts of money on a group basis against large and small companies despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Epic Systems. Call us so we can assist you if you have been wrongfully terminated, harassed or discriminated against at work, not paid all wages owed, and who have not received proper meal/rest periods. To speak with an employment lawyer, please contact us at: (424) 313-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us fight for you.