Age discrimination suit against Motiva set for summer trial

David Yates Jan. 4, 2012, 5:59am

If the case is not mediated by May 14, an age discrimination suit against Motiva Enterprises will go to trial in June.

As previously reported, 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 a discovery control plan order was entered in the case on Oct. 13, calling for the case to be mediated by May 14, and also placing the litigation on the court's June trial docket.

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 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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