Welch Foods Tells Judge To Keep Arbitration Fight In Court

Law360 (February 8, 2021, 8:12 PM EST) -- Welch Foods told a Pennsylvania federal judge Monday to reject a magistrate's recommendation to send back to arbitration a dispute with a Teamsters local over an award that reinstated a worker who was fired for allegedly sexist comments, arguing the arbitrator's award shows the employee committed sexual harassment.

In a brief, Welch Foods said U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Lanzillo was wrong to say in a decision last month that a 2019 arbitration decision was unclear as to whether a Welch Foods employee's use of "foul" and "inappropriate" language amounted to sexual harassment. Arbitrator Michelle Miller-Kotula's award reduced Welch Food's firing of...

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