Discrimination Lawsuits Filed in the United States


On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that could result in a significant decrease in the number of discrimination lawsuits filed in the United States. In 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett, the Court was asked to decide whether a clause contained in a collective bargaining agreement requiring union members to arbitrate claims arising under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) is enforceable. By a narrow 5-4 majority, the Court ruled that such an arbitration clause was enforceable because the clause was freely negotiated and “clearly and unmistakably” requires arbitration of age discrimination claims.

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