TYLER – Three former employers of a Smith County company allege their age was the reason for their termination.

Donald Gilbreath, Robert Steve Hicks and Carey Stripling, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Oct. 26 in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Brookshire Grocery Co. alleging violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the defendant "began to shed itself of most of its senior management through a process of forced retirements" after a sale of the company was terminated in November 2015. They allege that they "were victims of Brookshire's discriminatory plan to rid itself of its older management employees," according to the suit.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek an order declaring this action as a collective action, designating them as representatives and their counsel as class counsel, award for compensatory and liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees, costs and such other just and appropriate relief. They are represented by William S. Hommel Jr. of Hommel Law Firm in Tyler and C.D. “Chuck” Cowan of The Law Offices of C.D. Cowan PC in Tyler.

Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 6:17-cv-00618

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