An employer was entitled to compel an employee to arbitrate his claims of discrimination based on his race and national origin, as a valid agreement to arbitrate employment-related disputes existed, ruled the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The plaintiff was a long-term employee of Charter Communications. In 2017, the company established a new employment-based legal dispute resolution program. Employees were made aware of the program, via e-mail, that they would automatically be enrolled in the program if they did not actively opt out within 30 days. The notice e-mail provided links to additional information regarding the program and instructions on how an employee could opt out. The plaintiff did not opt out.