On December 30, 2019 an Eastern District of California federal court granted a temporary restraining order preventing the state of California from enforcing AB51. The lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce sought an injunction stopping enforcement of AB 51; a bill that would have outlawed employment arbitration agreements that are required as a mandatory subject of the employee’s employment conditions.

Elkhorn Packing Co. is a farm labor contractor for California-based vegetable grower D’Arrigo Brothers, Co., both Western Growers members.  Elkhorn employee Martinez-Gonzalez signed employment paperwork that included arbitration agreements as part of Elkhorn’s new hire orientation process.  Martinez-Gonzalez sued Elkhorn and D’Arrigo Brothers in federal court alleging violations of federal and state labor and wage laws.

Jason Resnick

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