Title VII Suits Viable After Arbitration: 6th Circ.

Law360, New York (May 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Binding arbitration does not prohibit an employee from taking federal discrimination claims to court, a panel of appeals judges has ruled in the lead-up to a long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court decision on the enforceability of collective bargaining agreements.

In an opinion handed down Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said workers under CBAs could not be barred from pursuing civil rights claims in a federal court, even after an arbitrator has ruled on the matter.

Citing a 30-year-old high court decision that...
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