Gene Johnson Jan. 13, 2016, 2:11pm


SHERMAN – A former employee is suing JC Penney, alleging he was fired because of age.

James Scott filed a lawsuit Dec. 8 against J.C. Penney Corp. Inc. in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas, alleging a violation of discrimination and retaliation in connection with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

According to the complaint, at 58, Scott began working at JC Penney in 2009 as a senior manager in supply chain loss prevention, winning several quarterly top performance recognitions. On Jan. 23. 2015, the suit says, Scott was told he was being suspended due to an ongoing supply chain investigation. 

The lawsuit states he was given no details other than to leave his laptop and to leave the office immediately.

On Jan. 27, 2015, Scott was bought into a conference room, according to the lawsuit, and asked if he had discussed the investigation with anyone. At the end of the meeting, he was escorted out of the building by security, the suit says.  On Feb. 3, 2015, he was told he was terminated for allegedly “compromising a supply chain investigation.” 

The plaintiff alleges the dismissal was because of his age (64).

Scott seeks a jury trial, both front and back pay, damages for lost wages and benefits, plus legal costs. He is represented by attorneys Adam S. Greenfield and Robert J. Wiley of The Law Offices of Rob Wiley PC in Dallas.

Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case number 4:15-cv-00854-ALM

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