LONGVIEW (KYTX) - This afternoon, the Longview Bridge and Road president on the witness stand in an age discrimination suit against his company.
East Texan Jimmie Jackson says he was fired after 13 years on the job because he was getting older.
In October 2012, Jimmie Jackson was a supervisor for Longview Bridge and Road, working to build the U.S. 271 interchange in Gilmer, but the 62-year-old Camp County man was let go - he says because of his age. Company president Casey Johnson says Jackson was simply laid off."We were in the process of trying to sell the project," Johnson says.
In today's civil hearing, attorney Grace Weatherly told jurors that Johnson's testimony under oath was inconsistent.And that when Longview Bridge and Road reported the layoffs to state highway and workforce agents the numbers weren't truthful.
Attorney Brian Bunt says the nature of the work means layoffs during colder months. When Jackson left the company, it had 335 workers. Today, there are about 230 workers.
The case continues tomorrow morning.