Richard Reibstein, co-head of Locke Lord’s Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance Practice, was quoted by Bloomberg Law on a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling a former Southwest Airlines ramp supervisor falls under an exemption to arbitration requirements for transportation workers, allowing her to bring her overtime dispute in court and expanding the reach of a Federal Arbitration Act carveout. However, Reibstein noted the Supreme Court’s decision may be limited in its practical effect. “Even if a worker’s claims are exempt from arbitration under the federal law, companies can still compel workers into arbitration under most state arbitration laws,” he said.
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