Arbitration Pacts Can Bar Title VII Class Actions, 2nd Circ. Says

Law360, New York (March 21, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit ruled Thursday that companies can use arbitration agreements to preclude Title VII class actions and said an ex-Goldman Sachs & Co. managing director had no substantive right to pursue a pattern-or-practice sex-bias claim, in a decision that lines up with pro-arbitration precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court and marks a victory for employers looking to avoid class litigation, lawyers say.

A three-judge appeals panel unanimously rejected former Goldman worker Lisa Parisi's argument that she had a substantive right to bring a pattern-or-practice claim,...
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