I live and work in Illinois. My company is headquartered in Illinois as well. They recently sent out a mandatory arbitration agreement to all employees. If I don't sign, can they fire me?

I have been an employee here for 2.5 years, am over age 40.

2 answers  |  asked Jun 19, 2018 11:13 AM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

Answers (2)

Cynthia Pietrucha
Ideally an arbitration agreement should come with an "Opt Out" provision. If there's not one, you should ask if the terms are negotiable or if you might be able to "opt out". If you are a valued employee, your company may make an exception and work you to reach fair terms rather than part ways with you. However, if you don't sign the terms this could jeopardize your job.

I suggest you discuss this matter with an employment lawyer. Time is of the essence.

posted by Cynthia Pietrucha  |  Jun 19, 2018 12:17 PM [EST]
Alejandro Caffarelli
Short answer, yes. And although I personally disagree with the outcome, the only real way to change that is to vote for politicians that are sympathetic to worker rights (actually sympathetic not just posturing) and demand that congress amend the Federal Arbitration Act.

posted by Alejandro Caffarelli  |  Jun 19, 2018 11:59 AM [EST]

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