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Irony: Houston Buick dealer faces age bias suit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

A Houston car dealer specializing in selling Buicks—traditionally the General Motors’ brand aimed at older car buyers—is facing an age discrimination and retaliation suit.

Mark Theodoridis, Gay Buick GMC’s fleet and credit union manager for 11 years, alleges that he was constantly harassed and discriminated against on the basis of his age. In August he sued the dealer, claiming not only discrimination, but also retaliation for complaining about discrimination.

In 2005, Theodoridis filed an age bias grievance with the Texas Workforce Commission. Two years later, claiming that the situation hadn’t improved, Theodoridis resigned. The dealer rehired him in 2009, promising him that things had changed and he would be welcome back.

However, Theodoridis claims the dealership continued to give preferential treatment to younger employees and that he still was harassed and discriminated against. For example, he claims that he was not invited to lunches and didn’t receive the same commissions younger workers did.

When the dealership fired him in April, he decided to sue, seeking unspecified monetary damages.

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