HOUSTON – Shell Oil, LLC is facing an age discrimination lawsuit from a former employee.
According to court papers filed on Jan. 18 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Shell forced Errol Aldophe out of a high position for which he was qualified and replaced him with an inexperienced individual who was approximately 30 years his junior.
The company employed Aldophe from October 2006 to March 2015. A civil engineer by profession, he was promoted to the role of civil team lead.
Aldophe asserts that Shell later placed him on a Performance Improvement Plan without any prior warning from August 2014 to March 2015, insisting his work record did not warrant such action.
He adds he was required to seek new employment elsewhere within the company since he was removed from his position and his team.
Per the original petition, he unsuccessfully applied for more than 15 different positions.
Shell eventually terminated Aldophe, then 61 years old, on Mar. 19, 2015.
Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Jay D. Ellwanger of Ellwanger Law LLLP in Austin serves as Aldophe’s lead counsel.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-0129