CHICAGO – A Prospect Heights man is suing a Denver marijuana business, alleging he was unlawfully terminated from his $50,000-a-year position.

Anthony Baroud filed a lawsuit Jan. 20 in Cook County Circuit Court against Hollister & Blacksmith Inc., doing business as America Cannabis Co., alleging breach of contract.

According to the complaint, Baroud partnered with Cory Hollister and Ellis Smith in November 2013 to launch a company helping clients apply for licenses to grow marijuana. Approximately five months later, the suit says, Baroud’s signed a three-year employment agreement to serve as the firm’s chief technology officer at a salary of $50,000 per year.

In May 2015, the plaintiff says he was terminated for alleged displeasure with his management style, which the suit states violates his employment agreement.

Baroud seeks $100,000 – the payout of the remaining months of his contract – plus legal fees. He is represented by attorneys Carmen D. Caruso, Shane Valenzi, Kristen Guralczyk and Jackie Condella of the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L000600

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