Seven Former PGW Employees File Suit Against
Company; Allege They Were Let Go Due to Age Discrimination
October 1, 2010
Seven former Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) employees
filed a suit against the company yesterday alleging that they were
let go in March 2009 due to age discrimination. The five plaintiffs
are Rudolph Karlo, Mark McLure, William Cunningham, Jeffrey Marietti,
David Meixelsberger, Benjamin Thompson and Richard Csukas.
The plaintiffs, who are all between the ages of
52 and 58, were let go at the end of March 2009, when the company
off several employees as part of a reorganization. They are
seeking a class-action suit.
In the September
30 complaint, they allege that PGW "adopt[ed] and employ[ed]
methods for evaluating, ranking and selecting employees for termination
in its [reductions-in-force], which methods were highly subjective,
unreliable, invalid, and served as mere pretext, resulting in the
termination of disproportionately high numbers of older workers
who were never informed of the clandestine criteria used to select
them for termination."
The former employees also filed charges of employment
discrimination with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
early this year, according to court documents.
Through the case, they are seeking a permanent injunction
against PGW to "cease and desist" the alleged "unfair
discriminatory patterns, practices, policies and omissions complained
which result in the termination of employees 50 years
or older," along with "reasonable monetary damages,"
including back pay, among several requests made in the complaint.
The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for
the Western District of Pennsylvania.
PGW spokesperson Robert McCullough declined to comment.
Stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com for more details
as they become available.
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