Some attorneys contend that recent decisions by the state Supreme Court have reinforced New Jersey’s standing as a pro-arbitration state, asking how far will the court go in this direction, while others contend that employers and others have simply done more to conform arbitration clauses to the court’s rulings.

In Skuse v. Pfizer, the State Supreme Court ruled 5-1 Aug. 18 that a former Pfizer employee’s discrimination claims must be resolved through arbitration. In upholding the trial court, the majority reversed the Appellate Division and determined that plaintiff Amy Skuse’s employment discrimination claim was indisputably included in the Pfizer arbitration agreement’s broad language.

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