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Russell v. Citigroup, Inc.
Citation:United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2014. 748 F.3d 677.
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Keith Russell (Plaintiff) worked in Citigroup, Inc.’s (Defendant) call center in Florence, Kentucky from 2004 to 2009. When he accepted the job, he agreed to arbitrate all “employment-related disputes” with the company. In 2012, plaintiff brought a class action against defendant claiming that the company did not pay employees for time spent logging in and out of their computers each day. Defendant did not seek arbitration because the arbitration agreement did not apply to class actions. Defendant then rehired plaintiff, while the class action remained pending, and the second contract plaintiff signed when rehired included an arbitration clause that applied to class actions. Defendant moved to compel arbitration in the class action suit, even though discovery had already begun.
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