HOUSTON - Two women claim Quality Christmas Tree Ltd. fired them because of their respective ages, recent court documents say. Eileen Juneau and Loretta Gould's lawsuit was first filed in Harris County District Court.

The Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas received the case on Aug. 29.

Prior to the events which are the subject of the litigation, the plaintiffs worked as merchandisers for the defendant, which does business as Houston Garden Centers.

They were hired in 2007 and let go in September 2010.

Neither woman had a lengthy disciplinary history, but the company released them on grounds "business (was) being slow," the suit says.

It adds the respondent replaced the complainants with younger workers, insisting the former was "unlawfully motivated" to carry out the firings.

"The defendant discriminated against the plaintiffs with respect to their compensation, terms, conditions and/or privileges of employment and took adverse action against the plaintiffs because of their age," the suit says.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Kristen Capps of Houston is representing the complainants.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2535

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