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Jock et al. v. Sterling Jewelers, Inc., Case No. 18-153 (2d Cir.)

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Arbitrating Class Actions – Does Arbitration Bind Employees Who Do Not Opt-in?

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 18, 2018
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments last week to determine whether an arbitrator’s award in a Title VII class action applies only to the 254 employees who are named plaintiffs or otherwise opted in to the class, or whether it extends to all 70,000 similarly situated employees. (Jock et al. v. Sterling Jewelers, Inc., Case No. 18-153 (2d Cir.)). The Second Circuit’s decision could have a huge impact on employers whose arbitration agreements are silent on arbitrability of class actions claims (as in this case), because it raises the stakes in a forum where arbitrators are not bound to follow the law and their decisions are not appealable except in extremely narrow circumstances.