Security guard sues over wrongful termination claim

Annie Hunt Apr. 11, 2016, 6:37pm

PHILADELPHIA — A former security guard for Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc. is suing the company for allegations of wrongful termination and age discrimination.

John Darrah filed a lawsuit on March 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., doing business as Parx Casino, citing violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

According to the complaint, Darrah began his employment with the defendant in May 2011 as a full-time security officer. On Aug. 4, 2015, the plaintiff was allegedly injured after slipping and falling at his home and took FMLA leave until Aug. 19, 2015.

The plaintiff claims he was wrongfully terminated two days after his return for taking FMLA leave and an instance in which the defendant claimed that he was leaning on a chair while on duty. The plaintiff avers that his age, 83 years old, was a factor in his termination.

Darrah seeks back wages, front pay, and bonuses in excess of $150,000; liquidated damages, costs, disbursements, attorney’s fees, pre-judgment interest, and a trial by jury. He is represented by Michael Murphy of Murphy Law Group LLC, in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-01113-JD

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