Lately, it seems like courts have all been jumping on the arbitration bandwagon, sending ever-increasing number of employee lawsuits to arbitration. Courts have allowed employers to force all of their employees to arbitrate any claims against the employers and even allowed employers to use arbitration agreements to prevent their employees from filing class action lawsuits on behalf of wronged employees.
Regardless of employers’ overzealous attempts to restrict employee rights, however, advocates for employees have noted time and again that the law does not allow employers to force employees to arbitrate all of their claims. In particular, California has a Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) that allows an employee to stand in for the government in seeking to sue an employer for certain penalties for unlawful employment practices. Continue reading “Victory for California Employees”