Sunday, March 18, 2012

Drug rep wins $1.868 million in employment age, retaliation suit against Roche - Las Vegas Sun

A Las Vegas pharmaceutical drug sales executive has won $1.868 million in an age discrimination lawsuit against drug company Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

Randy Dossat sued the company in 2009, claiming he had an excellent employment record and regularly earned performance-based raises since joining the company in 1997 as a division sales manager.

But starting in 2006, his lawsuit says, his new manager repeatedly referred to him as "old school," inappropriately commented on his "tenure" with the company and suggested he was not a proper fit for the "new environment."

Dossat says in the suit he perceived these comments as being discriminatory because of his age, 55 at the time, and believed they violated the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

When he complained to higher-ups in the company, he claims they did not conduct a proper and thorough investigation and that he was subjected to unlawful retaliation and intentional inflection of emotional distress, his lawsuit said.

After a trial, a federal jury on March 5 awarded Dossat $168,000 for lost pay and $1.7 million in damages for mental or emotional pain and suffering.

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