Carstens, Inc., Dba Carstens Health Industries, Inc., Anillinois Corporation, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Jane Mckenzie, Individual, Defendant-appellee, 87 F.3d 1317 (9th Cir. 1996)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 87 F.3d 1317 (9th Cir. 1996) Submitted June 14, 1996. *Decided June 19, 1996

Before: SNEED, PREGERSON and KOZINSKI, Circuit Judges.


The arbitration clause did not cover McKenzie's claims. FEHA claims and intentional torts are neither "dispute [s] concerning interpretation of" nor "transaction [s] contemplated by" the contract. Nor is McKenzie's status as an employee or an independent contractor subject to arbitration because it isn't a question governed by the terms of the contract. Rather, it turns on a multi-factor, factual determination governed by California law. See Cal.Lab.Code § 3353; Cal.Code Regs. tit. 2, § 7286.5(b); S.G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Indus. Relations, 48 Cal. 3d 341, 349 (1989).



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 9th Cir.R. 34-4


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