Ex-DLA Piper Attorney Must Arbitrate Discrimination Claim

By Bonnie Eslinger (October 15, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT) -- A California judge sent to arbitration Thursday a wrongful termination suit from a former non-associate DLA Piper attorney claiming discrimination that included a significantly lower salary than associates despite her decade of service, saying an alleged "take-it-or-leave it" arbitration contract provision wasn't a bar to its enforcement.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marc Marmaro issued a written tentative ruling that he made final at the hearing that granted the firm's bid to send the case to arbitration, saying that a so-called adhesion contract isn't automatically unconscionable, and thus unenforceable.

"Though relevant to the analysis, the adhesive nature of the...

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