Forced Arbitration Deals Can't Be Too Broad: EEOC

Law360, New York (May 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ralphs Grocery Co. has settled a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit that may impact all employers with mandatory arbitration arrangements that are “overly broad,” according to the agency.

The EEOC announced on Thursday that Ralphs, a subsidiary of national grocery chain Kroger Co., had agreed to settle a discrimination suit for $70,000.

According to the suit, Doris Martinez filed an original complaint against Ralphs for discriminating against her disability and national origin.

Ralphs then allegedly retaliated against Martinez, sending her a threatening letter and filing...
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