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Arbitration Pacts Dented By Amazon Transpo Worker Ruling

Law360 (April 24, 2019, 8:22 PM EDT) -- A Washington district court ruling that Amazon's independent contractor drivers are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act creates new potholes in the once-smooth path paved for transportation employers to shield themselves from employment disputes, experts say.

In a rare win for workers running up against companies' arbitration agreements, a Seattle federal judge said Tuesday that delivery drivers who contracted with Amazon.com Inc. and Amazon Logistics Inc. fit the definition of transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce and can pursue their collective wage-and-hour dispute in court.

Experts say the Amazon drivers are among the first workers to reap the benefits of the...

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