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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on March 18, 2020 a day after being closed to many court opperations. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM) The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on March 18, 2020, a day after being closed to many court operations. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

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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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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