The Philadelphia Inquirer recently quoted Pete Winebrake of Winebrake and Santillo LLC in an article on the workplace battle over arbitration.
Disgruntled employees are finding it increasingly difficult to take their workplace disputes to court and instead must arbitrate. Management-side lawyers say arbitration is a “streamlined and less expensive dispute-resolution method” while others say it is unfair to “take away the rights of the employee to a trail by jury”. Many employees sign arbitration agreements when they are first hired, and therefore are bound to resolve their workplace dispute in arbitration. This allows employers to “avoid being held accountable for large-scale labor-issues”.
It is likely the Supreme Court will tackle the workplace arbitration issue. Winebrake says, “As an employment-right class-action lawyer, the possible elimination of arbitration is the most important issue in employment law”.
Read “The Workplace Battle Over Arbitration” article here.
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