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Supreme Court Backs Southwest Baggage Worker on Arbitration in Pay Dispute Case

  • Case could have implications for Uber drivers, Amazon workers
  • Court says worker is exempt from federal arbitration statute
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The US Supreme Court sided with a Southwest Airlines Co. baggage-handling supervisor seeking to avoid having to go to arbitration with her bid for overtime pay, ruling in a case with possible implications for Uber drivers and Amazon warehouse workers.

The justices unanimously said Monday the supervisor isn’t covered by a 1925 federal law that requires enforcement of agreements to take claims to arbitration rather than to court. The majority said the employee qualified for an exception in that law for workers engaged in foreign or interstate commerce.