California Appellate Court Again Strikes Down Class-Arbitration Waiver in Employment Agreement
23 March 2009
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On March 17, yet another California appellate court held that an employer could not enforce an employee’s agreement to arbitrate employment disputes on an individual basis. The plaintiff in Sanchez v. Western Pizza Enters., Inc., No. B203961, had filed a putative class-action lawsuit alleging that his employer did not adequately reimburse employees for driving expenses incurred in the performance of job duties; as a result, the plaintiff claimed, employees were paid less than the legal minimum wage.