• U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling Upholding Employer's Mandatory Arbitration Policy and Its Provision Barring Class/Collective Actions
  • June 2, 2006 | Author: Stephen D. Bird
  • Law Firm: Reed Smith LLP
  • On May 15, the Supreme Court further bolstered the use of mandatory arbitration agreements in the workplace by declining to review the Eleventh Circuit's ruling that an employee's waiver of his or her right to a jury trial in an employer's mandatory arbitration policy need not be "knowing and voluntary." Caley v. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., 428 F.3d 1359 (11th Cir. 2005), cert. denied, 2006 U.S. LEXIS 3945 (U.S. May 15, 2006). In doing so, the justices also let stand the Court's endorsement of the arbitration policy's provision precluding employees from bringing class or collective action claims (in court or arbitration) under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.