Panera Bread owner, former manager settle lawsuit
A former manager at a Panera Bread in Mt. Lebanon has settled his federal discrimination claim against the franchise owner, according to court records.
Scott Donatelli of Scott claimed in the lawsuit that Covelli Enterprises of Warren, Ohio, fired him from the Galleria mall store because he has degenerative arthritis and refused to relegate minority employees to working in jobs that kept them out of public view.
Two other former employees also have filed discrimination lawsuits against Covelli. One is a class-action lawsuit on behalf of current and former black employees. The other is by a former assistant manager who claims the company fired her because it prefers to employ younger women. Covelli has denied the allegations in all the lawsuits.
U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry today ordered the Donatelli case closed, based on a court-appointed mediator's report that a settlement has been reached. The mediator's report doesn't provide any details on the agreement.
Sam Cordes, the attorney for Donatelli, and company spokesman Allen Ryan couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Johnston must reach Malkin in Moscow
- 1 intruder killed, other shot and wounded in Carrick home invasion
- Steelers are in familiar territory going into training camp in Latrobe
- Interest high for Heinz Field soccer match between top Euro teams
- New Penguins coach to meet with Malkin
- Pirates notebook: Recovering Cole exceeds expectations in simulated game
- Rising number of health care workers have less than 4-year degree, study shows
- Europe thirsts for U.S. craft beer
- Liriano, Snider lift Pirates to a victory over Dodgers at PNC Park
- U.S. growth weakest since recession, IMF says
- Litigants against Fayette jail look to join forces