Judge Reverses Ruling In Continental Pilot Case

Law360, New York (October 22, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has overturned an arbitration award that reinstated a Continental Airlines Inc. pilot who was fired after refusing to submit to a random blood-alcohol test.

Judge Lynn Hughes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday criticized a three-member arbitration panel that voted to allow Ronald A. McWhirter to return to his position at the world’s fifth largest airline, where he had been a pilot for 20 years.

The judge noted that McWhirter had agreed in his employment contract...
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