Kpee v. Good Samaritan Society

Filing 17

ORDER - Therefore, IT IS ORDERED GRANTING defendant's motion to dismiss and GRANTING defendant's motion to compel arbitration in accordance with the parties' agreement (doc. 11). The clerk shall enter final judgment. (See document for full details). Signed by Judge Frederick J Martone on 11/30/11.(LAD)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 Letor Kpee, Plaintiff, 10 11 vs. 12 Good Samaritan Society, 13 Defendant. 14 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV-11-0397-PHX-FJM ORDER 15 16 17 The court has before it defendant Good Samaritan Society’s motion to compel 18 arbitration and staying or dismissing this litigation (doc. 11), and plaintiff’s response (doc. 19 14). 20 Plaintiff filed this action pursuant to the Arizona Civil Rights Act and Title VII of the 21 Civil Rights Act, contending that she was denied the position of certified nursing assistant 22 because of her race. Defendant now argues that plaintiff agreed in her employment 23 application that “all claims and disputes relating to [her] employment with [defendant] shall 24 be decided by a mediator or arbitrator selected in accordance with the rules and procedures 25 established by the National Arbitration Forum.” Motion to Compel, ex. A. Plaintiff 26 responded to the motion to compel without addressing the agreement to arbitrate. 27 Under the Federal Arbitration Act, we must give effect to valid and enforceable 28 arbitration agreements. 9 U.S.C. § 4. Such agreements “shall be valid, irrevocable, and 1 enforceable, save upon such grounds as exist at law or in equity for the revocation of any 2 contract.” Id. § 2. Federal statutory claims, including Title VII claims, are subject to 3 compulsory arbitration agreements. EEOC v. Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, 345 F.3d 4 742 (9th Cir. 2003). Plaintiff raises no objections as to the enforceability or validity of the 5 arbitration agreement. 6 Therefore, IT IS ORDERED GRANTING defendant’s motion to dismiss and 7 GRANTING defendant’s motion to compel arbitration in accordance with the parties’ 8 agreement (doc. 11). The clerk shall enter final judgment. 9 It is difficult for a party to successfully manage the complexities of a lawsuit unaided 10 by a lawyer. We urge plaintiff to seek the advice of counsel. If she does not have a lawyer, 11 she may wish to call the Lawyer Referral Service of the Maricopa Bar Association at 602- 12 257-4434. 13 DATED this 30th day of November, 2011. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -2-

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