Ralph's Grocery Co.

108 Lab. Arb. Rep. 718 (1997)

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Ralph’s Grocery Co.

Labor Arbitration
108 Lab. Arb. Rep. 718 (1997)

Facts

An employee of Ralph’s Grocery Company (Ralph’s) (defendant) was terminated. The employee successfully grieved his termination as being without just cause. An arbitrator ordered that the employee “should be reinstated with full back pay and benefits.” Between the termination and arbitration award, there were three periods: (1) between November 1995 and May 1996, the employee collected unemployment while searching for a job; (2) between June 1996 and December 1996, the employee attended trainings to receive an extension of unemployment benefits but did not search for a job (additionally, he did not search for a job between May and June because he was not receiving unemployment benefits); and (3) between December 1996 and January 1997, the employee looked for work. Subsequently, the union (plaintiff) and Ralph’s could not agree what amount, if any, the employee was due as back pay. The union argued that the employee was entitled to full back pay and benefits with no reduction for earnings or unemployment compensation. The union also sought $1,000 as punitive damages/interest on the original award. Ralph’s responded that the full amount was not due because the employee failed to take reasonable steps to mitigate his losses. Ralph’s also argued that it should not be responsible for anything beyond back pay and that any back pay should be reduced by the employee’s unemployment benefits. The union responded that the employee took sufficient steps to search for other employment after the initial termination.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Prayzich, Arbitrator)

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