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Arbitration Agreement Prevents Lawsuit

More frequently, Employment agreement prevent employee from filing lawsuits against employers. Employees are sometimes forced to sign agreements and at the signing few employees understand the implications of giving up their right to sue in court. If you sign away your right to file a lawsuit in courts, you give up many very important, including right to have your legal claims heard by a jury of your peers.
From August 2008 to June 2011, Ms. Adelheid Waumboldt worked for Marine Management Services as the personal and executive assistant to its owner, Gregory Callimanopulos.
Waumboldt’s federal lawsuit against her former employer alleges that Callimanopulos harassed her with “sexually suggestive language and requests for sex, compelled her to assist him in arranging sexual rendezvous with other women [and] touched her in an unwanted manner…” The lawsuit also alleges that she was terminated because she refused to reciprocate Callimanopulos’s unwanted advances.
The main issue in the case concerns an arbitration agreement Waumboldt signed in October 2008. The agreement lays out the course Waumboldt had to take for any legal claims against her former employer. Namely, that any claim would be handled out of court, and through an arbitrator or mediator. Even though Waumboldt was forced to sign the letter (or else lose her job) a full two months after her hire date, the Second Circuit found the agreement she signed as binding.
Ms. Waumboldt will not have a legal claims heard by a Although the case has not been dismissed, all action has been stayed by the judge pending the completion of arbitration.

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