VW Says Worker Must Arbitrate 'Rebranding' Age Bias Claims

By John Petrick (October 31, 2018, 10:06 PM EDT) -- A Volkswagen AG manager who filed a putative class action in Tennessee federal court alleging he and others like him were unfairly demoted as part of a rebranding strategy is bound by an arbitration agreement he signed when hired, the automaker said Tuesday.

While plaintiff Jonathan Manlove points to an "escape hatch" in the agreement that in rare instances allows a plaintiff to seek "provisional injunctive relief" absent arbitration, that's hardly what's being sought here, Volkswagen maintains in a motion filed Tuesday, seeking dismissal of the suit.

Manlove demands a jury, despite his "express waiver" of any right to a jury...

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