Former sales VP says Morris Group discriminated on age, failed to pay commission

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 14, 2017

CHICAGO — A former vice president of sales is suing Morris Group Inc. and Morris Midwest LLC, machine tool manufacturers, citing alleged age discrimination, unpaid wages and wrongful termination.

James Gondeck filed a complaint on March 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the defendants alleging they violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that as a result of defendants' unlawful age discrimination, plaintiff has suffered actual damages and will continue to suffer damages in an amount to be determined at trial. He was terminated on July 6, 2016. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly terminated plaintiff based solely on his age and replaced him with a younger employee, failing to fully pay his accrued vacation time and earned commissions.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and exemplary damages, attorneys’ fees, costs of suit and such other equitable and just relief. He is represented by Daniel W. Tarpey and David G. Wix of Tarpey Wix LLC in Chicago.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 1:17-cv-01688

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