Overtime and Wage Collection Center

Leon Greenberg, Attorney at Law
2965 S. Jones Boulevard # E4
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
Phone (702) 383-6369


Arbitration agreements are being used to make it impossible for workers to collect their wages and enforce their legal rights.
Most people assume if you are not paid the legal wages you are entitled to you have the right to go to court and sue for your money. For many workers that is NOT true. Many workers for large employers are already subject to arbitration agreements. Within a few years, without changes in the law, most workers for most employers are likely to be covered by such arbitration agreements. An arbitration agreement means you give up your right to go to Court and have your case decided in public by a real judge and a jury of regular citizens. Instead you have your case heard in private by an arbitrator who is typically an attorney. Unlike in a real court case, you have no right to appeal the decision of the arbitrator if you do not like it. And even though the arbitrator is supposed to be fair and neutral they are paid, usually a pretty substantial fee, by the employer. As a result, many arbitrators may feel they are not likely to get lots of repeat business if they develop a history of ruling against employers. Employers love arbitration, even though it costs them money to pay the arbitrator, because they believe arbitrators are more likely to favor the employer. Arbitration also restricts the ability of the employee to develop evidence to support his or her claim. Employers are now also attempting to use arbitration to prevent employees from bringing class action or group lawsuits. Instead of bringing one lawsuit for 1000 employees employers what each of those 1000 employees to have to file an arbitration demand, one at a time. As a result the employer can steal wages from a 1000 employees and know that it will only have to pay back that money to the very few employees who are brave enough to file arbitration claims. In addition, if arbitration prevents the filing of a class action case most employees will be unable to find attorneys willing to take a case to collect just their individual wages. Most attorneys, operating on a contingency basis, can only afford to take larger cases for large groups of employees. So be warned, avoid entering into any arbitration agreement if you can. Let your Representative in Congress and Senators know that you want Congress to stop mandatory arbitration of employment disputes.

Hearing on Nevada Labor Commissioner's decision before Judge Cory of the Clark County District Court
On August 12, 2011 Judge Cory of the Clark County District Court heard arguments from the attorneys for the Wynn dealers and the the Wynn casino. Leon Greenberg argued the case on behalf of the Wynn dealers. Judge Cory will make a decision on whether to uphold, or modify, the Nevada Labor Commissioner's decision. You can watch a video of the oral argument.

Video transcript of Hearing

In September of 2010 the Defendants agreed to a settlement payment of $5,750,000 to settle the claims of over one thousand Internet Guides. The settlement was approved by the court in October of 2010.

This case was improperly dismissed by the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in an important published opinion, reversed the decision and reinstated the case. Leon Greenberg argued the appeal and you can listen to the oral argument.

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Columbia Journalism Review: AOL Settled with Unpaid Volunteers for $15 Million

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