HR Management & Compliance

News Notes: Ninth Circuit Says Title VII Claims May Be Arbitrated

 

Several years ago, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that mandatory arbitration agreements are unenforceable for discrimination claims brought under Title VII, the federal anti-bias law. But the court has now called this ruling into question. In a new case, the court found that Circuit City employee Monir Najd had to arbitrate his state-law harassment claim because Circuit City had a mandatory arbitration program. And, although this case only involved a state-law claim, and not a Title VII claim, the court expressed doubt that its earlier ruling that Title VII claims can’t be arbitrated was still good law.