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L.A. Worker Must Arbitrate Harassment Claim Despite New Handbook

Aug. 26, 2020, 10:49 PM

A California engineer must arbitrate sexual harassment and other claims against his former employer even though he wasn’t explicitly told a revised handbook barred him from suing in court, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Michael Conyer sued Hula Media Services LLC after being fired in 2018, alleging harassment and six other causes of action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as a claim for failure to reimburse business expenses.

A trial court denied Hula’s motion to arbitrate, concluding Conyer wasn’t negligent in not knowing from his company’s latest handbook that he had to arbitrate.

When he ...