Bloomberg Law
March 28, 2022, 7:41 PM

Southwest Asks Justices to Draw Bright Line on Arbitration Limit

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

The U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday attempted to parse which workers should fall under a federal arbitration law carve out for transportation workers, asking about specific examples such as an airline accountant working in an office, Amazon last-mile delivery driver, or railroad ticket takers.

The issue arrived before the court in Southwest Airlines Co. v. Saxon, an overtime dispute involving a ramp supervisor for the carrier who oversees the loading and unloading of passenger luggage. The question is whether that position is covered by a Federal Arbitration Act exemption for “seamen, railroad employees, or any other class of workers ...

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