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NLRB Chicago Office Issues Complaint against Postmates

Chicago, IL—The National Labor Relations Board’s Region 13 Office in Chicago has issued complaint against Postmates (13-CA-163079). Upon investigation, the Chicago Office found that there was merit to the October 2015 charge filed against the on-demand food delivery service.

The complaint alleges that Postmates violated the National Labor Relations Act by requiring employee drivers to enter into arbitration agreements as a term of employment. Additionally, the Region 13 Office found that Postmates interfered with employees Section 7 rights by prohibiting them from discussing terms and conditions of employment, including safety, with other drivers.

To remedy the unfair labor practices, the complaint seeks an order requiring that Postmates rescind the overly broad provisions in their arbitration agreements then notify the employees of this change; post a notice both electronically and at all Postmates facilities in the U.S.; and cease and desist from enforcing their unlawful policies.

Parties have until October 19th to respond to the complaint. Absent a settlement, the NLRB is scheduled to begin litigation in Chicago on January 26th.

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