The legality of arbitration agreements brings a lot of people to Court in California. In this case, an order denying Defendant’s motion to compel arbitration was brought to the California Appeals Court, who found the trial court did not err in deciding the arbitration agreement was unenforceable under Massachusetts law, which the parties agreed applied to the employment relationship in question. Plaintiff cited a Massachusetts case, which she argued precluded arbitration of her discrimination claims, because the agreement did not specifically mention antidiscrimination cases. The court sided with the Plaintiff, and that under California’s choice-of-law rules, the agreement’s clause governs whether the agreement is enforceable under a chosen state. Harris v. Bingham McCutchen
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