When eliminating civil service employees for solely economic reasons, a city must decide whom to lay off based solely on seniority, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.

In so holding, the state high court has taken the opportunity in Sadowski v. City of Pittsburgh, PICS Case No. 99-2082 (Oct. 27, 1999) Nigro, J. (9 pages), to clarify its earlier decision in Gaul v. Philadelphia, 121 A.2d 103 (Pa. 1956), which the justices concluded the Commonwealth Court has misinterpreted.

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