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Morales v. Sun Constructors, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
541 F.3d 218 (2008)


Facts

Juan Morales (plaintiff), a Spanish-speaking welder, worked for Sun Constructors, Inc. (Sun) (defendant). Morales was hired on April 15, 2004. Morales attended an orientation conducted in English and was asked to sign an hourly-employment agreement. Another applicant, Jose Hodge, spoke both Spanish and English and attended the same orientation. Hodge was asked to explain to Morales what was said at the orientation and to help Morales fill out the required documents. The employment agreement contained arbitration provisions that made up eight of the 13 pages of the agreement. Morales did not ask Hodge about the employment agreement, and Hodge did not specifically explain the arbitration provisions to Morales. Sun fired Morales approximately one year later for violating safety standards. Morales sued Sun for wrongful termination. Sun filed a motion to stay the proceedings while arbitration was pending. The district court denied the motion, and Sun appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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