Can my company fire me ifI don’t sign an arbitration agreement?

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Can my company fire me ifI don’t sign an arbitration agreement?

Mutual agreement to arbitrate claims so I cannot sue them for any reason.

Asked on October 18, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unless you already have an agreement or contract, including being subject to a union or collective bargaining agreement, whcih guaranties your employment or limits your employer's right to fire you, you are an "employee at will." An employee at will may be fired at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all--and refusing to sign an arbitration agreement (or a non-competition agreement, non-solicitation agreement, confidentiality agreement, etc.) would absolutely constitute valid grounds to terminate you. So unfortunately, the answer is yes--you company can choose to fire you if you do not sign the agreement, and, in fact, agreements like this are typically signed with the (at least implicit) threat of termination to make employees sign.


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