Class Waivers Violate Federal Labor Laws, 9th Circ. Told

Law360, San Diego (October 29, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT) -- A former Bloomingdale's Inc. employee urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reinstate her proposed wage-and-hour class action against the retailer, arguing that arbitration agreements containing class action waivers violate workers' rights under federal labor laws.

Former Bloomingdale's employee Fatemah Johnmohammadi filed an opening brief with the appeals court, asserting that contracts that preclude workers from banding together to pursue vindication of their rights as employees in judicial or arbitral forums are unenforceable under the Norris-LaGuardia Act and National Labor Relations Act, which protect workers' rights...
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