Outten & Golden LLP: Employees Win NLRB Ruling Against JP Morgan Chase

    Outten & Golden LLP: Employees Win NLRB Ruling Against JP Morgan Chase

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2013

NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire – A National Labor Relations Board judge
ruled that JP Morgan Chase & Co. unlawfully attempted to force five employees
into binding arbitration after they joined a class action lawsuit alleging the
bank violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Outten & Golden LLP
said today.

National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Steven Fish ruled that
the bank violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act by
maintaining agreements that require employees to give up their rights to bring
legal claims collectively, and by filing a motion in U.S. District Court to
dismiss employees' claimsina collective lawsuit.

The charging parties worked in Chase branches in California, Florida, Texas,
and Arizona. They are represented by Michael J. Scimone and Deirdre A. Aaron
of Outten & Golden's New York office.

The underlying class action, "Lloyd, et al., v. JP Morgan Chase Co.," Case
12-CV-4844-VB, is pending in federal court in the Southern District of New
York. In that proceeding, the employees allege that JPMC violated the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to compensateLloyd and others similarly
situated for lawful overtime wages.

The judge ordered significant relief in the case, including a cease and desist
order that Chase stop requiring employees to sign mandatory arbitration
agreements that prohibit collective and class litigation, reimbursement of
legal fees and expenses, and posting of related employee labor rights at
Chasebranches in California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

Michael J. Scimone said, "This decision reaffirms that joining a class action
is protected activity under federal labor law even when employers attempt to
force unlawful arbitration agreements upon employees. We and our clients are
pleased with the judge's decision."

Deirdre A. Aaron said, "The law is clear: employers cannot force employees to
contract away their rights to join together and litigate for proper wages. The
judge clearly took the National Labor Relations Act seriously when he found
that JP Morgan Chase violated federal law."

The NLRB cases are Nos. 02-CA-088471 and 02-CA-098118.

Contacts: Rachel Bien, Deirdre A. Aaron and Michael Scimone, Outten & Golden
LLP, 212.245.1000.

SOURCE Outten & Golden LLP

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