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Arbitration agreements and employment disputes, P.1

One of the tools employers sometimes use to manage liabilities with new hires is the arbitration agreement. These agreements typically require a new employee to waive their right to sue the employer in court over a job-related dispute, such as discrimination, breach of contract or some other such matter. Any legal claims are required to go through arbitration. For new employees, signing such an agreement might not seem like that big of a deal, but it can certainly have an impact when a dispute arises down the road.

Take, for example, a recent case involving Philadelphia’s St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. In recent litigation involving a plaintiff suing for race-based discrimination and termination, the hospital sought to compel arbitration on the basis of an agreement signed by the plaintiff upon being hired. Sources do not provide any details of the agreement, other than to say that it was a condition of the plaintiff’s employment with the hospital. 

According to the plaintiff in that case, the hospital subjected him to “biased, oppressive and demeaning treatment” because of his race, refused to hire him for a promotional position even though he was the most qualified applicant, and later ultimately fired him after receiving a presumably baseless disciplinary warning.

Those who are familiar with the topic of arbitration agreements know that employees should be cautious about signing them. Although arbitration does have certain advantages over litigation, it can leave an employee at a disadvantage when it comes to resolving the dispute favorably. In our next post, we’ll speak a bit more about this issue and what exactly is involved in the arbitration process.

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