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Have counsel review arbitration agreement

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Do you use an arbitration policy to resolve workplace disputes? If so, it pays to have your attorney review that agreement to make sure it meets Florida contract law standards—especially if you operate in several states and use the same agreement for each location.

Recent case: William Lambert’s employer fired him for allegedly threatening his boss. When he was originally hired, the company gave Lambert a copy of something called an “open door policy,” which said all employment disputes must go to arbitration.

Lambert sued anyway, saying the document wasn’t a valid contract and that he had been fired for racial reasons.

But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case to arbitration. It looked at the document and state contract law and found that the agreement met all the state requirements and was therefore valid. (Lambert v. Austin, No. 07-10651, 11th Cir., 2008)

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