Motiva designates its attorney as an expert in age discrimination suit

David Yates Mar. 26, 2012, 8:28am


Motiva has designated its attorney as an expert witness concerning attorney's fees in an age discrimination suit set to go to trial in June.

As previously reported, Tyler resident Kurt Floersheim filed suit against his former employer, Motiva Enterprises, on April 15, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging he was laid off so that two younger men could replace him.

Motiva, represented by attorney Robert Hambright of the Orgain, Bell & Tucker law firm in Beaumont, designated Hambright as an expert to testify on attorney's fees on March 22, court records show.

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.

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

Case No. A189-793

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