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Worker Fired Over Jail Term Gets Arbitration Award Reinstated

Feb. 13, 2020, 9:47 PM

A former Zeon Chemicals employee, who was fired for missing work to serve a 30-day jail sentence, won back his job and some wages, after the Sixth Circuit reinstated an arbitrator’s award.

The arbitrator interpreted the collective bargaining agreement in good faith and plausibly concluded that Zeon didn’t have just cause to discharge the employee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said Thursday. The court reversed the district court’s decision vacating the arbitrator’s award.

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