When Andrew Ramirez filed a complaint on behalf of himself and other collaborators who claimed that Bridgestone had not paid the wages and overtime due to them under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Bridgestone relied on a forced arbitration clause to prevent Mr. Ramirez from pursuing his claims in court, as well as to prevent his colleagues from doing so. to join him in a group action. (Ramirez v. Bridgestone Retail Operations Operations , LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52588 (E.D. Mich., 12.04.2013)). Employees of HomeServices of America, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, will receive a copy of the company`s personnel policy, which they must complete as a condition of employment. Among the requirements is the company`s mandatory arbitration policy, which expressly states that all cases that could be brought before a court must be dealt with exclusively through a binding arbitration procedure and that no staff member may participate in class actions against the company. Personnel Policy When Robert Curtis and Robert Lowell filed a class action against Contract Management Services (CMS) for alleged wage and hourly violations, CMS attempted to dissolve the class and compel members to an individual arbitration.
Curtis v. Contract Mgmt. Servs., No. 1:15-cv-487-NT (D. Me. 29 Sept. 2016). Rozik Parrish applied in 2001 as a zone manager at Valero.
In order to be considered for the position, Ms. Parrish had to sign an arbitration agreement contained in Valero`s application. She was hired and worked for Valero until she was laid off in 2008. Ms. Parrish then attempted to take legal action on the grounds that she was discriminated against, but the company invoked its compromise clause and forced her to pursue her claims only through binding private arbitration. Parrish v. Valero Retail Holdings According to the Reuters News article of August 18, 2016, “Goldman seeks To Force Ex-Employe In Fed Leak Case To Arbitrate,” Goldman Sachs Group has engaged a former chief executive in arbitration proceedings over a dispute over the company`s obligation to pay the legal fees incurred by the former employee following a Federal Reserve investigation. “Goldman is trying to force ex-employees to mediate in the Fed Leak case,” Reuters News (August 18, 2016) Catherine Jane Valle and Don Perolino Cristobal have been required to sign forced arbitration clauses that require them to settle any future dispute with Lowe before they begin work.