A delivery driver is suing his former employer over claims of racial discrimination as the reason for his termination from the company.

Timothy Matthews of Bear, Del. filed suit against Insigner Performance Inc. of Dushore on Sept. 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, citing race discrimination and retaliation.

According to the complaint, Matthews, an African-American male, worked as a delivery driver for Insinger Performance beginning July 2013. He alleges that during his employment, he was not paid the same amount as white workers who were assigned the same job. Also as a full-time employee, Matthews did not receive health benefits while other workers did, the complaint states. According to the complaint, when Matthews confronted owner Bruce Insinger about health benefits concerns, Insigner reportedly responded by saying “try to get Obama insurance, that should be cheap enough.” Once Matthews made Insigner aware that he felt discriminated against in August 2014, Insigner fired him without warning or reason for the termination.

Matthews is seeking any and all pay and benefits, damages for pain and suffering, and punitive damages. He is represented by Wayne A. Ely and W. Charles Sipio of Kolman Eley in Penndel.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania case number 1:15-cv-01886-YK

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