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CHRYSLER ASKS SUPREME COURT TO UPHOLD FIRING OF MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 CHRYSLER ASKS SUPREME COURT TO UPHOLD
 FIRING OF MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) has asked the United States Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that ordered the reinstatement of a male employee who had been fired for sexual harassment.
 Chrysler expects the Supreme Court to hear the request at its Sept. 28 conference.
 The case began when Chrysler fired a male employee for committing an egregious sexual assault on a female co-worker. The company said an investigation after the firing showed that the man had engaged in a pattern of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.
 An arbitrator, however, ordered the man reinstated, ruling that the sexual assault was not an "extremely serious offense, such as stealing or striking a foreman" and therefore was not "just cause" for discharge. The arbitrator said the offense called for a lesser penalty "aimed at correction."
 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago) affirmed the arbitrator's decision and rejected Chrysler's argument that to reinstate a known and persistent sexual harasser would violate the public policy against sexual harassment in the work place.
 Chrysler believes the Appeals Court decision must be reversed or employers will be severely hampered in combating sexual harassment in the workplace and will be unable to fulfill their obligation to take immediate and appropriate action to combat sexual harassment.
 Chrysler's position is supported by Friend of the Court briefs filed by the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Equal Employment Advisory Council.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Houston of Chrysler, 313-252-8790/
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