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Lewis v. Epic-Systems Corp., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9638 (7th Cir. 2016)

Articles Discussing Case:

Supreme Court Review Likely After Seventh Circuit Creates Split on Class and Collective Action Waivers under NLRA

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 05, 2016
Setting the stage for U.S. Supreme Court review, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, has held that arbitration agreements that prohibit employees from bringing or participating in class or collective actions violate the National Labor Relations Act. Lewis v. Epic Systems Corp., No. 15-cv-82-bbc (7th Cir. May 26, 2016). This holding is contrary to that of the Second, Fifth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Seventh Circuit Creates Circuit Split on Arbitration Agreements that Prohibit Class or Collective Wage and Hour Claims

Franczek Radelet P.C • June 02, 2016
Recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago held in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation that a mandatory agreement between the employer (Epic) and its employees requiring arbitration of wage and hour claims on an individual basis ran afoul of employees’ rights “to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection” under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Other circuit courts, including the Fifth Circuit in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB have come out the other way and upheld mandatory arbitration agreements that require employees to arbitrate wage and hour claims and that waive an employee’s ability to bring class or collective claims.
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