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Age discrimination suit filed against Motiva

By David Yates

Tyler resident Kurt Floersheim has filed suit against his former employer, Motiva Enterprises, alleging he was laid off so that two younger men could replace him.

The suit was filed April 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on June 15, 2009, Motiva informed Floersheim that he was being included in a reduction in force. He alleges that the day after he was laid off, Motiva hired two younger specialists to replace him.

“Defendant’s selection process for its reduction in force resulted in the three oldest engineers being laid off (ages 50-65),” the suit states. “No process engineers under 40 were laid off.”

In his suit, Floersheim says Motiva’s age discrimination became apparent when they replaced him with younger men.

Floersheim is suing for his emotional pain and lost wages.

Houston attorney Gregg Rosenberg represents him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A189-793

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