A federal judge has ruled that an arbitrator did not exceed his authority when he awarded $50,000 to two former CIGNA employees for racial mistreatment even though the original claim by the employees focused on race discrimination in salary, raises and promotions.

“I find the arbitrator’s award is sufficiently related to the amended complaint that it falls within the scope of arbitration,” U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez wrote in his eight-page opinion in Brennan v. CIGNA Corp.

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