I recently got a new job and live in the state of California. My employer has presented an arbitration agreement with the option to opt out. Would it be favorable to opt out or not?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Opt out if you can without being fired for doing so. Arbitration is usually binding with no opportunity for a jury trial or appeal. If you have legal claims against your employer in the future, you want to keep all options open.
Agree wholeheartedly. If you can refuse to sign the arbitration agreement (or opt-out of it) without any repercussions, then I would recommend you do so. Often times, forced arbitration is a condition of employment, and the employee has no choice to opt out.