Ex-auto dealer settles lawsuits

By The Tribune-Review
Saturday, December 14, 2002

A former Greensburg auto dealer reportedly has agreed to pay more than $500,000 to settle several discrimination lawsuits filed by three former employees.

Pittsburgh attorney Sam Cordes, who represents the salesmen, said the exact amount of the settlement cannot be disclosed because of confidentiality.

Two lawsuits against the former Ford of Greensburg dealership on Route 30 were filed by black salesmen Edward E. Day, of Jeannette and Jeffrey Wilson, of Johnstown. Both alleged they were subjected to racial slurs on a regular basis while in the workplace.

A third lawsuit was filed by Joseph Cavallo, of Greensburg, a white sales manager who claimed he was discriminated against because he refused to fire Day.

In December of last year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit against the dealership after investigating the complaints.

All four lawsuits were settled by Cordes and representatives for the now-defunct dealership. The civil actions had been filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.