the arbitiration agreement my employer wants me to sign says i waive my right to a jury trial and that i cant sue for punitative damages. Are they allowed to ask me to sign a agreement that makes me give up my rights for a jury trial? can they fire me for it?

thanks amanda

1 answer  |  asked Sep 9, 2008 3:11 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Klingshirn
Your employer can make the arbitration agreement a term of employment

An employer can require its employees in Ohio to sign an arbitration agreement as a term of employment. If you do not want to sign it, the logic goes, you are free to work elsewhere. The employer thus has significant, unfair leverage.

An arbitration agreement that supposedly waives your right to recover punitive damages may not be enforced, however. Some courts will not enforce provisions that waive such rights. A waiver of a right to a jury trial, however, is usually upheld.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Sep 9, 2008 4:47 PM [EST]

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