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Capili v. The Finish Line, Inc.

United States District Court for the Northern District of California
116 F.Supp.3d 1000 (2015)


Facts

Ritarose Capili (plaintiff) was employed by The Finish Line Inc. (defendant) in 2013 and 2014 as a retail employee in California. Capili had to agree to an arbitration agreement in order to apply to work for Finish Line, and Capili had to sign an arbitration agreement as part of her paperwork before starting to work for Finish Line. Agreeing to the arbitration agreement was a condition to being employed by Finish Line. The arbitration agreement required all claims likely to be asserted by an employee to be submitted to arbitration, including wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, and other allegations of violations of federal and state law. However, claims likely to be asserted by Finish Line, including claims for injunctive relief related to unfair competition or disclosure of confidential information, could be brought in court. The arbitration agreement also required all claims to be filed in Indiana and required the employee to pay for half of the cost of the arbitration. Capili sued Finish Line in federal court, alleging that Finish Line terminated Capili because of her pregnancy and other medical conditions. Finish Line filed a motion requesting that Capili be compelled to arbitrate these claims.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Gilliam, J.)

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