Sixth Circuit Holds Validity of Employee’s Electronic Signature Creates Issue of Fact, Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration

In Bazemore v. Papa John’s U.S.A. Inc., the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals considered the plaintiff’s appeal of an order granting the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration and to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The case, a putative class action brought by Papa Johns delivery driver, alleged that Papa Johns had under-reimbursed his vehicle expenses, which resulted in him being paid less than the minimum state and federal wage requirements. Papa Johns moved to compel arbitration based on an arbitration agreement allegedly signed by the delivery driver through an electronic signature program called e-Forms…

 

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