Sales representative sues claiming she was fired and replaced by more attractive employees

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 8, 2013, 11:21am

SHERMAN - A sales representative has filed an age discrimination lawsuit claiming she was terminated from her position and replaced with younger, more attractive sales representatives.

Kathryn E. Lardie filed suit against Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Inc., doing business as OgilvyAction, and the Ogilvy Group Inc. on Oct. 4 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. 

Lardie was hired as a sales representative for the defendant in Aug. 1, 2007.  According to the lawsuit, younger, less experienced representatives were hired and were compensated better than Lardie because of her age.

Lardie claims that starting in late 2011 the defendants began to establish a pretext for terminating her employment. She was terminated on Oct. 5, 2012, according to the suit.

“Defendants, by deliberately ignoring and/or altering sales results, established a pretext for terminating Plaintiff because of her age so that Defendants could replace Plaintiff with younger, more attractive representatives, in violation of federal law,” the lawsuit states.

The defendants are accused of intentionally engaging in unlawful employment practices because of Lardie’s age.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for back pay, front pay, loss of benefits, emotional pain, damage to Lardie’s business reputation, attorney’s fees, exemplary damages, interest and court costs.

Lardie is represented by Matthew R. McCarley and Rex R. McCarley of Thering McCarley PLLC in Frisco. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 4:13-cv-00589

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