ST. LOUIS – A male guidance counselor alleges his sex and age were factors in his termination from a St. Louis high school.
Ron Spivey filed a complaint on Dec. 18 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against St. Louis Public Schools and ChanTam Trinh alleging that they violated the Missouri Human Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendant school district as a guidance counselor at Soldan International Studies High School. The suit states Trinh was his immediate supervisor and that Trinh "frequently demeaned, belittled and yelled at plaintiff."
On May 31, 2017, the plaintiff alleges he was terminated from his employment at the age of 60 at the recommendation of Trinh and replaced by a younger, female counselor.
The plaintiff holds St. Louis Public Schools and Trinh responsible because the defendants allegedly unfairly disciplined him compared to younger, female co-workers.
The plaintiff seeks judgment against defendant in an amount greater than $25,000, punitive damages, reinstatement of employment, attorney's fees, costs and all other relief that is just and proper. He is represented by W. Christopher McDonough of The McDonough Law Firm LLC in Chesterfield.
St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822cc11868