Hernandez v. Ross Stores, Inc.

The trial court correctly denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration of an employee’s complaint under the Private Attorney General Act, since an individual employee’s PAGA claim is not severable from the claim on behalf of the general public.  Following Iskanian v. CLS Transportation (2014) 59 Cal.4th 348 and Williams v. Superior Court (2015) 237 Cal.App.4th 642, this decision holds that the trial court correctly denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration of an employee’s complaint which alleged a single cause of action under PAGA, Lab. Code 2698 et seq.  The individual employee’s PAGA claim is not severable from the claim on behalf of the general public and so the employer cannot compel arbitration of either the individual or the collective PAGA claim.

California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 2 (Miller, J.); December 7, 2016 (published January 3, 2017); 2016 WL 7603756

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