California Supreme Court Rules on Class Waivers

June 23, 2014

The court holds that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable but PAGA waivers are not.

On June 23, the California Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC.[1] The court found that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable. The court rejected arguments made by the plaintiff that class action waivers are unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act. However, the court concluded that waivers to bring representative actions on behalf of the state under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) are contrary to public policy. The court held that the Federal Arbitration Act does not preempt state law prohibiting waivers of PAGA representative actions in employment arbitration agreements.

Our upcoming LawFlash will provide more detailed discussion of the decision and its implications for employers.


If you have any questions or would like more information on the issues discussed in this LawFlash, please contact any of the following Morgan Lewis lawyers:

Carrie A. Gonell
Daryl S. Landy
Barbara J. Miller

Los Angeles

John S. Battenfeld
Clifford D. “Seth” Sethness

Palo Alto
Carol R. Freeman
Melinda S. Riechert

San Francisco
Rebecca “Becky” Eisen
Robert Jon Hendricks
Eric Meckley
Alison Willard

[1]. No. S204032 (Cal. June 23, 2014), available here