A judge has ordered arbitration of a claim by a 68-year-old former scouting supervisor for the Cincinnati Reds, who alleges he was fired in 2018 because of his age.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian heard arguments in plaintiff Rick Ingalls’ suit on Dec. 4, then took the case under submission before issuing his final ruling on Wednesday in favor of the National League team.

In a tentative ruling issued prior to the December hearing, the judge noted that the Reds presented plaintiff Ingalls with a handbook indicating that employment discrimination claims should be arbitrated.

“There is an acknowledgement of receipt signed by Ingalls in which he signs consent to the employee arbitration agreement in the handbook,” Keosian wrote.

The judge ordered the lawsuit stayed pending the outcome of the arbitration. He set a status hearing for July 8.

Ingalls’ suit alleges age discrimination, failure to prevent age discrimination and wrongful termination. The complaint, filed last Sept. 3, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Ingalls is a former professional baseball player with 35 years experience as a scout, according to his court papers. He joined the Reds as a scouting supervisor in 2010 and was based in the Southland.

In August 2017, the Reds began replacing older management employees with younger people and the Reds declined to renew his contract in November 2018, when he was 67 years old, the suit alleges.

Ingalls’ replacement was in his late 20s and had two years experience as a scout, according to the complaint, which alleges the plaintiff also was passed over for other open scouting positions by younger candidates with less experience.

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