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How Do Arbitration Agreements Affect Labor Laws?

Forced arbitration is an increasingly popular tool used by employers to take away workers’ rights to sue them in court. Employers may say that arbitration agreements are in the best interest of both parties, since it usually simpler and speedier, but the truth is that it tends to favor the employers over employees. In this video, the¬†Los Angeles employment law attorney Doug Silverstein¬†explains more about how the arbitration process works.

Arbitration is an issue that is radically changing the landscape of employment law, not just in California but across the country. With the enforceability of arbitration employers now have a weapon in their arsenal that essentially precludes employees from being able to sue their employer, in court, with a jury of their peers. Instead, the employee’s claim is heard typically by a retired judge in private, without a jury. And this venue choice, where the case will actually be heard, can have a significant impact on the rights of the employee and if those rights are violated, the value of that violation. The reason employers do this is, is not so that they can have a faster, cheaper more efficient means of resolving disputes; the reason they do it is simple, they are afraid of being in front of juries and think that they can get a much better shake from a retired judge than a jury of their peers, of the peers of the employee, who is evaluating the actions of the employer. If you want to learn more about employment law in California take a look at our website,