CAPE GIRARDEAU — A maintenance worker is suing a government agency for allege termination due to age discrimination.

Charley Neeley filed a complaint July 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Southeastern Division against the city of Marble Hill alleging that the defendant violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and Missouri of Human Rights Act (MHRA).

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 29, 2016, his supervisor, Dennis Cato, informed him he was being terminated from his employment. The plaintiff claims he was the longest-serving employee of the defendant since he was hired around 1998. He was 59 years old and subsequent to his termination, the plaintiff allegedly learned that two additional employees who were both over the age of 50 were also terminated. As a result, Neeley claims he suffered emotional distress and a loss of wages. 

The plaintiff holds the city of Marble Hill responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide the same opportunity to benefit from employment as his younger counterparts and failed to comply with its statutory duty to take all reasonable steps to eliminate discrimination from the workplace and to prevent it from occurring in the future.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks to award of back pay, front pay, compensatory and liquidated damages, costs expenses, attorneys' fees, and for other relief as the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Sophie Woodworth of Holman Schiavone LLC in Kansas City.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Southeastern Division case number 1:17-cv-00105-ACL

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