Philip Morris Did Not Discriminate, Court Rules

Law360, New York (May 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court panel has affirmed a lower court ruling clearing Philip Morris Companies Inc. of charges that it discriminated against Spanish-speaking employees at its Puerto Rican facilities.

In a judgment entered Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said the three former employees in question had all signed leases waiving their right to sue in exchange for three months’ salary and other benefits.

“Put bluntly, this record compels a finding that the appellants knowingly and voluntarily consented to releasing their employment-related claims,”...
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