Ferguson v. Countrywide Credit Industries, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
298 F.3d 778 (9th Cir. 2002)
Ferguson (plaintiff) sued her employer for sexual harassment, retaliation, and hostile work environment under federal and state law. Countrywide Credit Industries, Inc. (Countrywide) (defendant), her employer, petitioned the court to compel arbitration pursuant to a clause in the Conditions of Employment that Ferguson signed. The clause stated “I understand that in order to work at Countrywide I must execute an arbitration agreement.” The trial court concluded that the arbitration was unconscionable and thus unenforceable, and it consequently denied Countrywide’s petition to compel arbitration. Countrywide appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Pregerson, J.)