Union Says Award Rehiring Anti-Sri Lanka Worker Must Stand

Law360 (June 1, 2021, 5:36 PM EDT) -- A United Steelworkers local urged a Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday to uphold an arbitrator's decision that an industrial valve manufacturer must rehire a worker who wrote "F--- Sri Lanka" on his face mask, saying the award does not conflict with public policy against workplace harassment.

In a motion for summary judgment, USW Local 36M said U.S. District Judge Joseph Leeson Jr. should reject ITT Engineered Valves LLC's bid to overturn an arbitrator's decision reducing its firing of worker Douglas Wood to a one-week suspension. The union said arbitrator William Lowe's decision didn't violate public policy since Wood was fired over...

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