Arbitration Pacts No Bar To Joining OT Action, Judge Says

Law360, New York (January 24, 2013, 2:21 PM EST) -- Citi Trends Inc. store managers who signed arbitration agreements with the clothing retailer will still be allowed to join a pending overtime collective action, an Alabama federal judge said Wednesday in a ruling granting conditional certification. 

U.S. District Judge Karen Owen Bowdre granted a bid for conditional certification from plaintiffs Fannie Thrash and Mary Billingsley. The court also tackled a motion accusing Citi Trends of improperly holding meetings with managers — after the lawsuit was filed — with the goal of getting potential opt-ins to sign...
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