An appeals court decision Wednesday underlines that parties must knowingly and explicitly waive their right to bring statutory claims, including Title VII claims, in court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court order denying a motion that would have compelled a former corporate attorney, who is now an investment banker, to pursue her employment and civil rights claims in arbitration. The court found that a lawsuit brought by Shannon Zoller against her former employer global investment bank GCA Advisors is “easily distinguishable” from the court’s past decisions that found that plaintiffs did not knowingly waive their right to bring claims in court rather than arbitration.

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