Sarah Baxter


Arbitration is used regularly to settle employment disputes, and federal policy supports these agreements between private parties. Federal statutes, however, also grant the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the authority to pursue employment discrimination claims in court. These claims do more than vindicate the rights of individuals, they also safeguard the public interest in ending employment discrimination. A conflict may arise between these two policies when employees sign agreements to submit statutory discrimination claims to arbitration. This Note examines the split of authority on the issue of whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should be permitted to seek money damages on behalf of individuals who have signed private arbitration agreements.



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