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Uphold Arbitration Order In Biometric Case, Southwest Urges

Law360 (April 19, 2019, 7:42 PM EDT) -- Southwest Airlines employees who are accusing the company of unlawfully collecting their biometric data are trying and failing to sidestep the federal arbitration requirements preempting their suit, the airline told the Seventh Circuit on Thursday.

A lower court correctly ruled that Southwest Airlines Co. and its union-represented workers should arbitrate claims that the airline unlawfully implemented a time clock system that tracks employees’ attendance by scanning their fingerprints, Southwest told the court while urging it to uphold the ruling.

In challenging the lower court’s rulings, the workers told the Seventh Circuit that their biometric privacy claims were separate and distinct from...

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Appellate - 7th Circuit

Nature of Suit

4190 Other Contract Actions

Date Filed

November 21, 2018

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