Embassy Guards Must Arbitrate OT Claims, Judge Says

Law360, New York (April 4, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge ruled Wednesday that security guards at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, would have to individually arbitrate, rather than collectively litigate, their allegations that contractor Aegis Defense Services made them work 18-hour shifts without overtime.

U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris said arbitration clauses in the guards' employment contracts were enforceable, rejecting their contention that the agreements were unconscionably favorable for Aegis.

“The arbitration agreement here is not so one-sided as to be oppressive and therefore does not meet the showing for...
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