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Rent-A-Center v. Jackson
Citation:561 U.S. 63, 130 S.Ct. 2772.
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Jackson was a former employee of Rent-A-Center and brought an employment-discrimination suit in federal court. Rent-A-Center moved to dismiss or compel arbitration pursuant to the parties’ employment agreement. On February 24, 2003, Jackson signed the Mutual Agreement to Arbitrate Claims as a condition of his employment with Rent-A-Center. The Agreement contained various provisions including a provision providing that the parties would arbitrate all “past, present or future” disputes, including “claims for discrimination” and “claims for violations of federal . . . law.” It also contained a delegation provision that stated “[t]he Arbitrator, and not any federal, state, or local court or agency, shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of this Agreement, but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this Agreement is void or voidable.” Jackson argued that the entire Agreement was unconscionable and unenforceable.
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