Dilworth Obtains Federal Defense Verdict in Age Discrimination Case

September 11, 2014

Easton federal jury had not awarded a defense verdict in over a decade

Dilworth Paxson LLP has obtained a milestone, unanimous defense verdict from a federal jury sitting in Easton, Pennsylvania, which had not awarded a defense verdict in over a decade. Serving as co-counsel, Dilworth attorneys Eric B. Meyer and Corey S. D. Norcross successfully defended client Rhawnhurst-Bustleton Ambulance Association against claims that it had violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

On August 27, 2014, after two days of testimony and deliberations of just over one hour, an eight-member jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania unanimously concluded that Rhawnhurst-Bustleton Ambulance Association—an emergency medical service located in Northeast Philadelphia—did not take Plaintiff Carol Alcaro Willoughby’s age into account when it removed her from service as an emergency medical technician.

Eric B. Meyer is a Partner at Dilworth and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee. He focuses his practice on employment and workplace issues including discrimination, retaliation, and harassment; employee pay practices; leaves of absence, disabilities, and reasonable accommodations; non-competition and trade secret disputes; employment contracts; reductions in force; severance arrangements; union/management relations; and collective bargaining. Eric also serves as a volunteer mediator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He publishes The Employer Handbook, voted the ABA Journal’s top Labor & Employment Law Blog last year.

Corey S. D. Norcross , an Associate at Dilworth, advises public employers on a wide range of labor arbitration and employment matters. Her representative experience includes grievance arbitrations, appearances before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, a union organizing campaign, as well as counseling of employers on various issues. She regularly appears in state and federal court defending discrimination matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She is a Certified Mediator for the New Jersey Superior Court and has served as mediator for more than 50 civil disputes.

Founded in Philadelphia in 1933, Dilworth Paxson LLP has a rich and impressive history filled with landmark work that has sparked growth and progress in American business.

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