1st Circ. Says Cleaner Must Arbitrate Wage Fight With Web Co.

By Max Kutner (March 22, 2021, 8:54 PM EDT) -- A web user who "accepts" an online contract's terms without scrolling through them can't escape a mandatory arbitration provision if an online platform provides "reasonable notice," the First Circuit ruled Monday in an appeal by a house cleaner who alleged home-services platform Handy owed a minimum wage to cleaning workers.

In a published opinion, a unanimous First Circuit panel ruled that a lower court properly dismissed the putative class action by Maisha Emmanuel against Handy Technologies Inc. and compelled arbitration of her minimum wage claims, based on the recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court holding Kauders v. Uber Technologies Inc.

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