Postmates Can't Send Calif. Wage Suit To Arbitration

Law360 (July 20, 2021, 10:01 PM EDT) -- Postmates Inc. couriers do not have to arbitrate their wage claims against the on-demand delivery company, a California appeals court ruled, finding Tuesday there is ample precedent opposing Postmates' argument that arbitration agreements preclude Private Attorneys General Act claims.

In a published unanimous opinion, the First Appellate District panel affirmed a trial court's decision denying Postmates' bid to force arbitration. The company had argued that U.S. Supreme Court precedent in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis meant the workers were bound to arbitration clauses, even for PAGA claims, but the judges disagreed.

Postmates argued in its appeal that although the California Supreme...

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