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B&B Thwarts GrubHub’s Efforts to Force Arbitration

By January 21, 2021No Comments
Eric R. LeBlanc. Esq.,

Attorney Eric R. LeBlanc

Attorney Michaela C. May

Bennett & Belfort is pleased to announce that a judge of the Business Litigation Session of the Suffolk Superior Court has denied efforts by GrubHub to force B&B’s clients to arbitrate their wage claims against the company. As a result, B&B’s clients – former GrubHub drivers –will be able to pursue a class action against GrubHub to recover unpaid wages.

Judge Brian Davis found that the plaintiffs are “transportation workers” exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act, at least in part because they delivered commercial goods to GrubHub customers in addition to restaurant fare. Federal law, and in particular the Federal Arbitration Act, make it very difficult for employees who have allegedly signed arbitration agreements to proceed in court. Had GrubHub succeeded, the drivers would not have been able to pursue their claims on a class-action basis, thereby ensuring that most Massachusetts employees who have been harmed by GrubHub’s practices have no recourse.

B&B attorneys Eric LeBlanc and Michaela May represent the plaintiffs.