Four Seasons Can't Arbitrate Ill. Workers' Biometric Suit

By Diana Novak Jones (April 10, 2019, 11:46 PM EDT) -- Employees of Chicago's Four Seasons hotel who say it didn't follow Illinois privacy law when it used their fingerprints to tally their hours do not have to arbitrate their claims, an Illinois appellate panel said Tuesday.

While many Four Seasons employees agreed to arbitrate disputes with the hotel over wages and hours, claims brought under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act don't fall within that category, a panel from the Illinois Appellate Court's First District said.

The Four Seasons tried to shut down a proposed class action brought under BIPA by pointing to its employment agreement, which sets out four types of...

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