Wright v. Universal Maritime Service Corp.

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1998

Determined an employee's ability to bring discrimination suit in court despite a mandatory arbitration clause in the union contract.

A stevedore sued his employer for violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the employee should have followed the arbitration procedure provided in his union's collective bargaining agreement (CBA), rather than pursuing the matter in the court. The Supreme Court vacated and remanded, finding that the CBA did not require the employee to use the arbitration procedure for an alleged violation of ADA.