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Apr 30, 2012

NLRB Takes Aim at Class Waiver in 24 Hour Fitness’ Arbitration Policy

Topics: Arbitration Agreements, Union-Management Relations

The NLRB filed a complaint today against 24 Hour Fitness, alleging the company's arbitration policy violates the NLRA.  According to the NLRB, the action was prompted by a complaint lodged with the NLRB by a 24 Hour Fitness employee in California.  24 Hour Fitness' arbitration policy, like those of many companies, contains a class action waiver provision that effectively requires employment disputes to be resolved individually.  As employers may recall, the NLRB recently issued a decision in a case called D.R. Horton, holding that class waiver provisions violate employees' section 7 rights to engage in concerted activity.  D.R. Horton has been appealed and it was not clear how active the NLRB was going to be in enforcing its position declaring class waiver provisions unlawful.  Well, the NLRB's complaint against 24 Hour Fitness may be a sign of  more to come.  Stay tuned.

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Robin Largent has a regular presence in California state and federal courts and has been lead defense counsel and appellate counsel for large and small California employers in litigation (and arbitration) ranging from individual discrimination and harassment claims to complex wage and hour representative and class actions. She also leads the firm’s appellate practice, having substantial experience and success handling appeals, writ petitions, and amicus briefs in both state and federal court on issues such as class certification (particularly in the wage and hour arena), manageability and due process concerns associated with class action trials, exempt/non-exempt misclassification issues, meal and rest break compliance, trade secret/unfair competition matters, and the scope of federal court jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act.
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