Ex-Public Worker Loses Reinstatement Bid In Harassment Case

Law360, Philadelphia (August 23, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday affirmed a ruling that overturned an arbitrator’s decision to reinstate a public employee terminated for sexual harassment, relying on earlier jurisprudence finding that public policy concerns can trump an arbitration award issued under a collective bargaining agreement.

The court ruled that the arbitration award reinstating the job of a Philadelphia Housing Authority employee with back pay violated the public policy of the state, upholding an earlier decision by the state’s Commonwealth Court.

The majority opinion, which was accompanied by three concurring...
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