Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An age discrimination case from a longtime St. Louis Rams employee against the team will go to arbitration.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by former Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt must go to arbitration because of the terms of his employment contract.

Hewitt says he was fired in 2011 when he was 54 because of his age. He had worked for the Rams full time since 1978 and was equipment manager for 16 years.

The court’s decision also directs a neutral arbitrator be appointed in place of the NFL commissioner.

The court says the NFL commissioner would be biased because he is employed by the league’s team owners.

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