Fired Allegheny Co. worker accuses GNC Holdings of age discrimination

By Bree Gonzales | Dec 4, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A 54-year-old Allegheny County resident is suing GNC Holdings Inc., a health and wellness product company, citing alleged age discrimination and violation of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

Philip Grove filed a complaint on Nov. 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against GNC Holdings Inc., alleging the health and wellness product company unlawfully terminated plaintiff.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 16, he was terminated by the defendant purportedly because of an organizational restructuring that eliminated his position. He was the oldest of International Packaging’s employees.

However, younger and less-experienced employees in the International Packaging and Domestic Packaging divisions were not terminated, the suit says. The plaintiff holds GNC Holdings Inc. responsible because the defendant's actions allegedly were intentional, willful and deliberate and/or done with reckless disregard for the rights of the Plaintiff.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks back pay damages and other benefits lost due to the defendant’s unlawful conduct plus interest from the date of discrimination, liquidated damages, compensatory damages, employment reinstatement, pre- and post-judgment interests, attorneys' fees and costs of this action; and other additional relief the court may find just and proper. 

He is represented by Joel Sansone, Massimo Terzigni and Elizabeth Tuttle of Law Offices of Joel Sansone in Pittsburgh.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:18-cv-01557-PJP.

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