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Tara Zoumer thought she had found her dream job when she was hired at WeWork, a $16 billion start-up that rents office space to young entrepreneurs. As a salaried employee, she was soon asked to expand her duties to include many things that an hourly custodian should do. When she tried to get other employees to join her in a class-action suit against her employer to fight for overtime pay. That was when she found out that the company had implemented arbitration for HR disputes, making her lawsuit null and void.

1. When Tara did not sign the new company policy, what happened?
2. What other companies were mentioned in the article that made their employees sign an arbitration clause?
3. What was the most interesting part of this article to you?
4. Would you sign an arbitration clause? Why or why not?

Silver-Greenberg, J. and M. Corkery. (2016). Start-Ups Embrace Arbitration to Settle Workplace Disputes. The New York Times, May 14 (Retrievable online at