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City of Richmond, A127492

Trial court's judgment vacating an arbitration award holding that an arbitrator violated public policy against sexual harassment in the workplace when ordering an employee reinstated upon concluding that the sexual harassment charge was time-barred is reversed and remanded as arbitral finality is the general rule and the public policy exception permitting courts to vacate an arbitration award arises in only limited and exceptional circumstances. Furthermore, while there is a strong policy against workplace harassment, the city has not established that public policy precludes arbitral enforcement of a reasonable limitation period contained in a collective bargaining agreement barring stale claims of misconduct.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/25/2010
  • Published 10/25/2010


  • Sepulveda


  • California Court of Appeal


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