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Sorry, my friend sent me the following correction:

The Rav also granted them all the money they asked for an more. He said I have to give them all the money I earned and they can pay me a pro-rated salary of $40,000 a year for the hours I worked.

It’s hard to contest these arbitration agreements in court. But if your lawyer says it’s worth the shot, then go for it. Good luck.

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Is this a general rule, that we may sue in civil court? Even when the plaintiff will receive funds not due him in halachah? (i.e., punitive damages).

Yes. The Beit Din system today is just a binding arbitration. You’re not required to enter into binding arbitration. Besides, sadly the system is at times corrupt and additionally they cannot enforce their own decisions, so you end up in court anyway.

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