The Penn Record May 31, 2016, 7:20pm


PHILADELPHIA — A 58-year-old Caucasian man is suing Cintas Corporation, a former employer, citing alleged unlawful age discrimination and reverse race discrimination.

Paul Schwartz filed a complaint on April 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Cintas Corporation alleging that the former employer intentionally discriminated against him due to his race.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on May 12, 2015, he was terminated from employment for an alleged violation of a safety rule of not wearing a safety harness, a rule he says he wasn't aware of. But, his younger co-worker of Hispanic descent was not disciplined or terminated for doing the same, the suit says. The plaintiff says his supervisor also worked the same task on numerous occasions without such harness. As a direct result of being fired, he suffered loss of wages and benefits, he says alleges. The plaintiff holds Cintas Corporation responsible for firing him, illegally practicing discrimination and retaliation, and denying him the benefits of a contractual relationship, according to the suit

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks a judgment permanently enjoining defendant from discriminating and retaliating against him, prohibiting the defendant from continuing its illegal policy, compensation for all damages, legal fees, costs and expenses and any other equitable relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Timothy M. Kolman, Wayne E. Ely and W. Charles Sipio of Kolman Ely PC in Penndel.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-01893

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