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Transportation Brief: Supreme Court Addresses “Transportation Worker” Exemption from the FAA

by Braden K. Core, Prasad Sharma

September 14, 2022

In a unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified who qualifies as a “transportation worker” for purposes of the exemption from the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). In Southwest Airlines v. Saxon, the Court held that an airline’s ramp supervisor, who regularly performed loading and unloading of luggage, mail, and cargo, was exempt from the FAA. While the Court’s holding was limited to those who “load and unload cargo on and off airplanes that travel in interstate commerce,” the Court’s reasoning would seem to apply more broadly to workers performing similar services in other modes of transportation. We are closely watching how lower courts apply Saxon to warehousing and trucking providers.


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