Freeman Appeals Case Against PGW Based on Alleged Bias of Arbitrator
May 23, 2012

by Katie O'Mara,

A former employee for Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) has appealed the 2010 decision in his age discrimination case against the company. James Freeman alleges that “without notice or warning on July 19, 2008, at the age of 60, [he] was told by his supervisor ... 'that his position was being eliminated,'" and that when he questioned whether it had to do with his age, he was told, "You can figure it out."

The case entered into arbitration where it was closed. In the arbitration order and opinion the arbitrator ultimately concluded, “... Mr. Freeman has failed to demonstrate his claim that age was the ‘but for’ cause of his termination of employment.”

Freeman has filed documents with the court alleging that the arbitrator in his case had a bias towards PPG, who has a minority stake in PGW.

“Only after the hearing did appellant learn of the evident partiality of the arbitrator, as demonstrated by direct and substantial political contributions to her judicial campaign by PPG, its senior employment counsel, its general counsel and senior executives, none of which had ever been disclosed by the arbitrator,” read the documents filed by Freeman’s counsel, Bruce Fox.

Freeman attempted to appeal the arbitrator’s decision, but that appeal was denied on April 9, 2012.

At press time PGW had not responded to a request for comment.

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