Discovery underway in age discrimination suit against Motiva

David Yates Jul. 20, 2011, 10:16am

A certificate of written discovery was recently filed in an age discrimination suit against Motiva Enterprises.

Tyler resident Kurt Floersheim filed suit against his former employer, Motiva, on April 15 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging he was laid off so that two younger men could replace him.

Court records show that on July 11 Motiva filed a response to Floersheim's request for disclosure.

The incident began on June 15, 2009, when Motiva informed Floersheim that he was being included in a reduction in force. He alleges that the day after he was laid off, Motiva hired two younger specialists to replace him.

"Defendant's selection process for its reduction in force resulted in the three oldest engineers being laid off (ages 50-65)," the suit states. "No process engineers under 40 were laid off."

Floersheim says Motiva's age discrimination became apparent when they replaced him with younger men.

He is suing for his emotional pain and lost wages.

Houston attorney Gregg Rosenberg represents him.

Motiva is represented by attorney Robert Hambright of the Orgain, Bell & Tucker law firm in Beaumon.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A189-793

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