Bloomberg Law
April 3, 2020, 2:53 PMUpdated: April 3, 2020, 7:49 PM

PwC Can Force Arbitration of Employee’s Race Bias Claims (1)

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney
Brian Flood
Brian Flood
Legal Reporter

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC can resolve an employee’s race discrimination claims in arbitration, the Fourth Circuit said, ruling that a federal law that would keep the case in court no longer applies to the accounting firm.

Shannon Ashford, who is black and worked as a professional consultant for the company, sued after being passed over for several promotions. Her claims of bias and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 must be arbitrated because PwC currently isn’t covered by a Defense Appropriations Act amendment that went into effect in 2010, the court said.

Known as the “Franken Amendment,” ...

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