A Coca-Cola employee should not have had his workers’ compensation benefits suspended for the period of time he spent in pretrial incarceration, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

In a precedential May 22 opinion in Sadler v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Philadelphia Coca-Cola), a three-judge appellate panel voted 2-1 to reverse an order of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. The board had upheld a workers’ compensation judge’s decision that granted Philadelphia Coca-Cola’s petition to suspend claimant Carl Sadler’s workers’ compensation benefits for 525 days and denied Sadler’s petition to review Coca-Cola’s calculation of his average weekly wage.

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