Pelco Industries alleged to have terminated man because of age, thumb injury

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 20, 2018

FRESNO – A former employee of a Fresno County business alleges that he was terminated because of his age and because of an injury.

FRESNO – A former employee of a Fresno County business alleges that he was terminated because of his age and because of an injury.

Gilbert de la Torre filed a complaint on May 18 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Pelco Industries Inc., Schneider Electric USA Inc. and Does 1 to 25 alleging wrongful termination and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff, 58, alleges that in March after injuring his right thumb while working on the defendants' assembly line, he reported the injury to various team leaders and supervisor but claims no steps were taken to accommodate him. He alleges he was terminated March 29, the day after he was finally seen by a doctor, and that the defendants cited overstaffing as the reason for his termination.

The plaintiff holds Pelco Industries, Inc., Schneider Electric USA, Inc. and Does 1 to 25 responsible because the defendants allegedly discriminated against him because of his age and his need for accommodation because of his thumb injury.

The plaintiff seeks judgment for compensatory and punitive damages, award of interest, attorney fees, costs of suit, and such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. He is represented by David M. Benton of Peel Garcia LLP in Fresno.

Fresno County Superior Court case number 18CECG01777

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