11th Circ. Says Citi Trends Can't Force Arbitration In FLSA Suit

Law360, New York (March 26, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT) -- Store managers at clothing retailer Citi Trends will still be able to join an overtime class action despite signing arbitration agreements, the Eleventh Circuit said Tuesday, finding that a federal court in Alabama did not abuse its discretion when it barred the retailer from compelling arbitration with the class of managers.

In agreeing with the lower court, the Eleventh Circuit said the meetings the company held with employees after the lawsuit was filed represented a coercion of the putative class members into signing away their rights. Because...
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