GALVESTON – A 79-year-old Brazoria County man alleges a Freeport business failed to hire him for a position he was qualified for because of his age.
Nicolae Fratila filed a complaint on Jan. 26 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Freeport LNG Development LP alleging violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff has more than 55 years' experience in engineering and previously worked for a third-party contractor as onsite project manager for the defendant's marine commercial operations. The suit states the defendant contacted the contractor for a referral for a marine structures supervisor and the plaintiff was recommended.
The plaintiff alleges he met with the defendant's representatives on Sept. 4, 2015, for an interview was offered the position; however the defendant failed to hire him.
The plaintiff holds Freeport LNG Development LP responsible because the defendant allegedly discriminated against him by failing or refusing to hire him because of his age. Instead, defendant allegedly hired a substantially younger and less-qualified individual.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks appropriate back wages and benefits, liquidated damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, costs and such other relief as may be permitted by law. He is represented by Clark Woodson III of The Law Office of Clark Woodson III in Angleton.
Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 3:18-cv-00025