Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) has filed a motion with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the verdict in a case where the jury awarded former employee Rudolph Karlo $922,060 in an employment discrimination case.
In 2009, PGW trimmed approximately 100 employees from its workforce. Karlo and several other former employees filed a class action complaint against PGW in 2010 after they were terminated. Several employees, all in their 50s, say there was “discrimination against [PGW’s] older workforce,” according to the court documents.
The judge for the U.S. District Court in the Western Pennsylvania division issued a summary judgment in favor of PGW saying the class action could not go forward. However, the judge did allow one count of the complaint to proceed to trial. This count included the retaliation claims by Karlo.
In March 2009, Karlo was terminated from the company as part of a reduction in force. He was 51.
The jury found that PGW “willfully” violated the law in the case of Karlo, which meant doubling damages.
In May, the U.S. District Court judge denied PGW’s motion to overturn the verdict.
PGW has now asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the verdict.
The former company employees, including Karlo, seeking class action status have appealed the lower court’s decision to the appellate level. This case is also pending in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
To read PGW’s notice of appeal, click here.
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