Age Discrimination Lawsuit filed against Rosebud Restaurants
Plaintiff worked for Chicago restaurant chain for 25 years but was allegedly dismissed and replaced with a younger trainee
Chicago – June 15th, 2015 – A 71-year-old Chicago man alleges he was unfairly dismissed by Rosebud Restaurants because of his age, states a lawsuit filed at 8.30am on Monday June 15th) at United States District Court in Chicago.
Represented by Eugene K. Hollander of The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander, Daniel Miller was General Manager at Rosebud Restaurants and was allegedly fired by the Owner, Alex Dana, in October 2013 after 25 years of service, with no reason given for his dismissal. The filing states that Daniel Miller was replaced with a 25-year-old employee who he had been asked to train over the weeks leading up to his dismissal.
This isn’t the first wrongful dismissal claim against Rosebud Restaurants – The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander has previously represented two separate pregnancy discrimination cases against them in 2006 and 2010, both of which settled for confidential sums.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also successfully brought a charge against the restaurant chain this year for racial discrimination in its hiring process.
Eugene K. Hollander of The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander, says: “The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee who is over 40 years old. Daniel Miller was a loyal employee of Rosebud Restaurants for a quarter of a century, yet management let him go without giving him a reason and replaced him with a younger employee.”
Daniel Miller, says: “When I was terminated, I was devastated. The owner of Rosebud Restaurants, Alex Dana, was my best friend – he was like family to me.”
Doe v. Archdiocese of Chicago
A man in his late 20’s, a victim of alleged childhood sexual abuse by Father Daniel McCormack, settled his claim with the Archdiocese of Chicago for $1,250,000. The settlement took place prior to the trial which was scheduled for May 26, 2015. The victim claimed that he was repeatedly sexually assaulted during the fourth and fifth grades by Father McCormack while he was a student at St. Ailbe’s Catholic Church.
The man claims to have suppressed the memories of abuse during his childhood until he heard the story break about the Jerry Sandusky scandal in 2011. At that time, the man began to remember the incidents of abuse. The victim filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2012. The man claims that the abuse completely affected his life. The victim has been facing daily challenges according to his attorney, Eugene K. Hollander. Hollander said that “every aspect of my client’s life has been affected. My client’s childhood was taken away.” The victim is still in therapy to cope with the issues regarding the abuse, and constantly relives what happens to him. Hollander said that “while it has been a difficult journey, my client refused to suffer in silence.” Hollander said that his client is hopeful that with the proceeds of the settlement he can begin to put his life back together.
Unlike most of the sexual abuse claims involving McCormack, this man’s claim was unique, said Hollander, because it occurred at McCormack’s first pastoral assignment. McCormack was assigned to St. Ailbe’s from 1994-1997. He subsequently pled guilty to five charges of criminal sexual abuse, but not involving his client. McCormack remains at a mental health facility downstate where the state has begun involuntary commitment proceedings against him.
The settlement occurred the day before the hearing at which Hollander was seeking to bring McCormack in live for trial as well as an evidentiary hearing to pursue a punitive damage claim.