ROY B. DALTON, Jr., District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on the Unopposed Motion of Defendant Pizza Hut of America, Inc. to File Under Seal Settlement Agreement and Filings Seeking Approval Thereof (Doc. 160), filed February 1, 2016.
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As a threshold matter, the Court finds that Defendant failed to provide good cause for sealing the Documents to be Approved in their entiry—that is, Defendant did not show that its interest in keeping the information contained in such documents confidential outweighs the public's common law right to access those documents. See Romero v. Drummond Co., 480 F.3d 1234, 1245-46 (11th Cir. 2007) (discussing the factors to be balanced when determining whether the moving party's interest in keeping the information confidential outweighs the public's interest in accessing court documents). Thus, Defendant's request to seal the Documents to be Approved in their entirety is due to be denied. The Court, therefore, turns to Defendant's Alternative Requests.
Courts generally keep arbitration proceedings and awards confidential, particularly because: (1) parties often enter into them to maintain confidentiality; and (2) confidentiality promotes the voluntary execution of private arbitration agreements, which courts consider a sound public policy objective. See e.g., Century Indem. Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, 592 F.Supp.2d 825, 828 (E.D. Pa. 2009); Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., No. 08-cv-673-BBC, 2009 WL 275561, at *1 (W.D. Wis. Feb. 4, 2009); ITT Indus., Inc. v. Rayonier, Inc., No. 05-civ-4322 (CLB), 2005 WL 1744988, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. July 20, 2005). As such, Defendant's request to redact portions of the Documents to be Approved relating to confidential arbitration proceedings is due to be granted.
The request to redact portions of the Documents to be Approved relating to Defendant's methodology of reimbursement, including "the amount of the settlement payments to be made under the  Agreement," calls for a different outcome. As the Court explained in a previous Order, the public's right to access outweigh's Defendant's proprietary interest in such information.
In light of the "private-public" nature of minimum wage laws, the Court finds that information pertaining to alleged violations of these laws affects the public interest should not be kept confidential through sealing. See id. at 1245 ("Sealing an FLSA settlement agreement between an employer and employee, reviewing the agreement in camera, or reviewing the agreement at a hearing without the agreement's appearing in the record (in any event precluding other employees' and the public's access to, and knowledge of, the agreement) thwarts Congress's intent both to advance employees' awareness of their FLSA rights and to ensure pervasive implementation of the FLSA in the workplace."); see also Bright v. Mental Health Resource Ctr., Inc., No. 3:10-cv-427-J-37TEM, 2012 WL 868804, at *3 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 14, 2012) (explaining that the parties' attempt "to preserve the confidentiality of the monetary amounts of the settlements" is not a compelling reason for the sealing of an FLSA settlement agreement). The Court similarly concludes that such information should not be kept confidential through redaction. Thus, Defendant's request to redact portions of the Documents to be Approved relating to Defendant's reimbursement methodology is due to be denied.
Accordingly, it is hereby