Sleepy Solvay Worker Loses 10th Circ. Contract Spat

Law360, New York (July 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT) -- A Solvay Chemicals Inc. steam plant operator sacked for dozing on the job has neglected to show that his firing was arbitrary or pretextual, a federal appellate court has said, affirming a lower court's dismissal of his contract suit.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday rejected Edward Williams' contention that Solvay's inconsistent policies against slumbering on the clock rendered his firing arbitrary and pretextual.

Because the firing wasn't a pretext or arbitrary, the Tenth Circuit said that...
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