This Comment focuses on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements that prospective employees must sign in order to be hired, or even considered, for a given position. Growing numbers of employers are implementing mandatory arbitration programs to resolve workplace disputes in response to recent case law upholding the enforceability of arbitration agreements. Employers may present arbitration agreements in employment contracts, employment handbooks, or in job applications. This Comment posits that while arbitration is an efficient method of adjudicating many claims, mandatory arbitration agreements in employment contracts are potentially unfair to employees for three reasons. These three concerns arise because employers typically control the terms on which most employees are hired.
Toward a Future of Enforcement: A Critique of the Ninth Circuit's Invalidation of Mandatory Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts, 34 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.