In Gold v. New York Life Ins. Co., 2017 N. Y. App. LEXIS 5627 (1st Dep’t, July 18, 2017), the New York Appellate Division, First Department (state court covering Manhattan and the Bronx), held that an arbitration agreement prohibiting an employee’s participation in class and collective actions is unenforceable, as it violates the employees’ right to…

As Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and New York Labor Law (“NYLL”) claims usually revolve around the same set of operative facts, plaintiffs frequently pursue, in the same lawsuit, the FLSA claims as a collective action and the NYLL claims as a class action under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Rule…

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