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 laid 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 of … 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.

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