Ikea employee alleges he was denied promotions because he is older than 40

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 10, 2019


PHILADELPHIA – A 48-year-old Coraoplis man alleges he was ignored for promotions at his place of employment because of his age.

William V. Antonelli Jr. filed a complaint on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Ikea Holdings US Inc., Ikea US Retail LLC and Ikea North America Services LLC alleging violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff began his employment with Ikea on June 16, 2015. He alleges he expressed to store management that he was interested in advancing his career.

The suit states during a meeting in January 2017, a store manager said the company was not going to consider employees older than 40 for promotion and instead wanted employees in their 20s.

The plaintiff alleges he complained about the age discrimination in January 2017 but the defendants failed to do anything to remedy the plaintiff's concerns. Despite displaying excellent leadership, the plaintiff alleges he has been repeatedly ignored for promotions because of his age.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by Stephen G. Console and others of Console Mattiacci Law LLC in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-CV-01286-AB

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