Bloomberg Law
Dec. 10, 2021, 7:54 PM

Southwest Airlines Arbitration Case Gets Supreme Court Review

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a Southwest Airlines Co. cargo ramp supervisor should be considered a transportation worker involved in the flow of interstate commerce, and therefore exempt from arbitration that would keep her overtime case out of court.

The justices agreed to determine if Latrice Saxon qualifies for a Federal Arbitration Act transportation exemption that workers—from gig economy and delivery drivers to truck terminal supervisors and riverboat bartenders—have raised in recent years to get around arbitration agreements they signed.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in March that Saxon’s duties are an ...