PHILADELPHIA – A salesperson is suing his former employer over a claim that he was fired because of his age.

Stephen Hoare filed a lawsuit April 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Chata Biosystems L.L.C., alleging a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

According to the claim, Hoare, 57, was hired in a sales position in September 2009 and performed his job excellently. Still, according to the lawsuit, management and Chata’s owners made age-based statements commenting that Hoare was ``ready for retirement.”

According to the claim, Hoare was fired Nov. 6, 2014 and replaced by a salesperson who was approximately 30 years old.

Hoare, who is demanding a jury trial, is seeking back pay, front pay, liquidated damages and attorney’s fees.

Hoare is being represented by attorney John S. Harrison of Broughal & DeVito L.L.P. of Bethlehem.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Court Case number 2:16-cv-01939-NIQA

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