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Why does it matter if I signed an arbitration agreement?

A big difference exists between filing your case publicly in court versus proceeding in arbitration.  For example:

  • unlike in court, no jury of your peers will decide your case in arbitration
    • instead, a private, third-party individual (often paid for by the employer) will rule on the case
  • arbitration generally occurs in private with strict confidentiality rules in place
    • in court, on the other hand, most proceedings are public
  • the discovery phase, in which you develop the facts necessary to prove your case, is usually much more limited in arbitration; and
  • to the extent an appeal process exists in arbitration, it is usually far narrower than what is available in court

If you signed an arbitration agreement and are considering a legal claim against your employer, contact us today.  To schedule a preliminary consultation, click here or call us at (202) 769-1681.

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Bachman writes frequently on employment discrimination issues at the Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog and has been quoted in national media about discrimination cases.   U.S. News and Best Lawyers® have named Zuckerman Law a Tier 1 firm in Litigation – Labor and Employment in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  Contact us today to find out how we can help you.  To schedule a preliminary consultation, click here or call us at (202) 769-1681.

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Eric Bachman litigates employment discrimination, including "glass ceiling," claims as well as whistleblower retaliation cases. He is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation Practices at Zuckerman Law. Previously, Bachman served as Special Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and Deputy Special Counsel for Litigation and Legal Affairs with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.