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Age Discrimination

Denton, TX: (May-13-08) Cary Tower, a former fleet superintendent, brought a lawsuit against the city of Denton, after he was fired in April 2004. His suit alleged that he was fired due to discrimination based on his age. He also claimed defamation, invasion of privacy, breach of contract and other grievances in the 2005 lawsuit.

City records show that Tower worked from 1998 to 2004 as head of a department that buys and maintains city vehicles. In its defense, the city accused Tower of poor job performance and complained his behavior was affected by frequent use of prescription drugs. It also alleged that Tower kept the drugs in his desk and offered them to other employees, practices that led to his eventual firing. Those claims were fended by Tower, who said that he took prescription drugs for health conditions. He denied being intoxicated at work, offering drugs to others, or engaging in any illegal or unethical behavior.

As part of a settlement reached by the two sides, sources stated that the city agreed to resolve the suit with a $210,000 payout. In agreeing to settle, the city denied the allegations and did not admit to any wrongdoing. It said that it was a business decision, made to avoid the risks associated with litigation. [DENTON RECORD-CHRONICLE: CITY GIVES EX-EMPLOYEE $210,000 IN SETTLEMENT]


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Published on May-14-08


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