Disputes in PGW Age Discrimination Suit Continue;
Current Issue is Request for Summary Judgment by PGW
December 21, 2011
A yearlong legal battle between Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) and
several employees who allege they were released as the result of
age discrimination continues in a federal court in Pennsylvania.
The latest issue in the case is PGW's request
for summary judgment, creating opposition from the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs in the case have filed an opposing response to this
request, arguing that PGW's statistical analysis expert who alleges
that there is "no scientifically significant indication of
age discrimination" is "a former businessman and present
'jack of all trades' expert with little or no relevant experience
or demonstrated expertise."
The plaintiffs claim that their own statistical analysis report
related to alleged age discrimination at PGW was compiled by "a
distinguished tenure professor and industrial psychologist with
far superior academic and 'real-world' credentials."
"In its motion for summary judgment, PGW seeks to deprive
plaintiffs of their right to have a jury weigh the evidence,"
write the plaintiffs."It fails to afford plaintiffs the benefit
of all reasonable inferences to be drawn from the evidence relating
to the competing expert opinions, and seeks to have resolved disputed
issues of fact, turning on credibility."
Plaintiffs also dispute that PGW has included "extensive alleged
facts relating to its contention that plaintiffs were terminated
because of adverse economic conditions, thinking perhaps it will
influence the court somehow or will prop up the testimony of its
expert on entirely separate issues relating to disparate impact."
At press time, the court had not yet ruled on the motion for summary
judgment. The court also is reviewing a motion
for class certification filed by the plaintiffs.
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