U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab issued his order yesterday. In his order the judge has given a conditional order of approval for the age discrimination lawsuit against PPG Industries to be evaluated as a class action lawsuit.
The original lawsuit was filed by five plaintiffs in May 2007. Five former employees accused PPG of firing them for being too old and costly. Their lawsuit accuses PPG of violating the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act by firing hundreds of employees, beginning in the late 1990s, based on their age, to save money.
PPG has said in response to the lawsuit that the company doesn’t base employment decisions on policies that discriminate.
The court ordered, PPG Industries to produce a list of prospective plaintiffs in the class including their last known addresses and phone numbers within April 13.
Prospective plaintiffs must be former employees who held salaried positions within PPG’s Industrial Coatings Strategic Business Unit, Automotive OEM Strategic Business Unit or in Coatings Research & Development.
The employees must be at least 40 years old; and have been terminated, laid off or downsized from Dec. 31, 2005, to Oct. 25, 2006. Notice must be mailed to prospective plaintiffs by April 17, and they must respond by June 1.