in brief: another employment class arbitration waiver is rejected as unconscionable in Olvera v. El Pollo Loco, Inc.

Greatsealcal100Once again, an employer tried to avoid the potential for class-wide liability to employees by creating an arbitration agreement that included a class action waiver provision. Once again, that effort met with failure. In Olvera v. El Pollo Loco, Inc. (April 27, 2009), the Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Three) affirmed the Trial Court (Judge Peter Lichtman) Order denying a motion to compel arbitration.