Monthly Archives: September 2015

Workers Held Hostage by Employee Contracts: An Issue of Standing?

Author: Brynn Stylinski, Associate Member University of Cincinnati Law Review

On April 8, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a class action suit against the restaurant chain Jimmy John’s for lack of standing.[1] The complaint involved a requirement that all employees sign an unduly-restrictive Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements.[2] The plaintiffs, current and former Jimmy John’s employees, sought declaratory and injunctive relief from the terms of the restrictive agreements.[3] However, the court held that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring suit based on an apparent lack of injury and deficiencies in the plaintiffs’ pleading.[4] Continue reading