Refinery Workers Must Arbitrate FLSA Suit, Judge Rules

Law360, Houston (March 21, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Thursday threw out a putative collective action against an oil refinery service provider that allegedly dodged overtime pay by forcing employees to work off the clock, ruling the workers agreed to arbitrate the dispute.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake upheld an arbitration provision Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services Inc. had its workers sign as a condition of their employment, rejecting arguments that the company's unilateral ability to amend or terminate the agreement rendered it unenforceable.

"The court concludes that the arbitration...
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