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$46.7 million for manager who blew whistle on age discrimination

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources

Ronald Luri, former general manager for the Cleveland division of a nationwide waste collection company, will receive $46.7 million after a Cuyahoga County jury found the company “tried to ruin his career.”

Luri claimed Republic Services, based in Florida, directed him to fire three employees, all of whom were about 60 years old. Luri refused, warning the company that it could face an age discrimination lawsuit. Republic fired him.

Luri’s manager, Jim Bowen, Ohio-area president for the company, then created false documents to support the firing, the lawsuit alleged. A computer expert testified that Bowen post-dated an electronic memo and added several paragraphs criticizing Luri’s job performance.

Attorneys for Republic said the allegations were “nothing more than Luri’s bruised ego.”

Could be, but Republic’s the one with the $47 million black eye. Luri’s attorney said the verdict is the highest in Ohio history.

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