Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in the Epic Systems decision that mandatory arbitration agreements containing class action waivers were legal provisions of an employment agreement. Notwithstanding that decision, on a vote of 25-12, the California state senate approved AB 3080 and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown this week for his approval. AB 3080 prohibits an employer from forcing an employee to agree to mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment and codifies an employee’s right to adjudicate workplace disputes in a court of law. In anticipation of inevitable legal challenges, the bill doesn’t prohibit an employee from signing such an agreement if they so choose as similar efforts in the past have. The prohibition applies only to mandating that a worker agree to the provision. The bill is now before Governor Brown who has yet to indicate whether he will sign the bill.