Manager files age discrimination suit after being replaced by younger worker

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 2, 2012, 11:40am

SHERMAN - A lumber company general manager has filed an age discrimination after he lost his job and was replaced by a younger manager.

Rhett King filed suit against Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co. on Dec. 29 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

King was employed by Foxworth-Galbraith as a general manager of the Fort Worth location.

After 32 years of employment, King was terminated, allegedly because of the performance of the branch. At the time of his termination, King was 55 and was replaced by a less experienced manager, who was 38 years of age, the suit alleges.

The defendant is accused of prima facie age discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of actual damages, liquidated damages, mental anguish, punitive damages, attorney's fees, court costs, and interest.

King is represented by Sherman attorney Ronald R. Huff. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:11-cv-00850

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