PGW Age Discrimination Suit Headed for Arbitration
August 10, 2011
An age discrimination suit filed against Pittsburgh Glass Works
(PGW) by former employee James Freeman late last year is headed
for arbitration, according to court
documents. Based on this, the U.S. District Court for the Western
District of Pennsylvania has closed its case.
The decision to move to arbitration comes as the result of a recent
hearing held on August 4 before Judge Arthur Schwab. While the parties
in the case had engaged in settlement discussions, according to
court documents, "settlement discussions
Freeman filed the case late last year against PGW and alleged that
the company violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when
it terminated his employment in 2008. PGW had filed a counterclaim,
alleging that Freeman had breached his contract (and specifically,
his separation agreement) with the company by filing the age discrimination
suit. However, that part of the counterclaim was
dismissed earlier this year.
Freeman worked for the company in various positions for eight years,
between 2000 and 2008, and claims to have consistently received
positive performance reviews up until his termination in July 2008-and
says he was let go "without notice or warning," and was
told that his position was being eliminated.
Freeman had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission prior to filing suit, and sought reasonable monetary
damages, a judgment for liquidated damages, costs and attorneys'
fees, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, and "awards
such other and further legal and equitable relief as may be found
Meanwhile, plaintiffs in another age discrimination suit filed against
PGW last year currently are seeking
a class action.
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