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Federal court case alleges age discrimination by Dunn Paper, Inc. in St. Clair County, Michigan

MICHIGAN (From news reports) -- A Sanilac County woman is is alleging her position was cut due to age discrimination in a federal court case against Dunn Paper, Inc.

In the initial summons and complaint filed in May, the court case states Sanilac County resident Kimberly Cory's employment was terminated by the company in an alleged restructuring that lowered the median age of employees by eight years, from 51 to 43.

"You can't just target your older employees," said Cory's attorney, Victor Mastromarco, Jr.

According to court documents, Cory was born in 1966 and has over 20 years of service in the health and safety field.

In 2015, she started working for Dunn Paper as its health and safety manager. In 2019, Cory and five other employees were terminated in the alleged restructuring. All six individuals were over the age of 40 and five were over the age of 50, according to court documents.

Court documents state as a result of the company's actions, Cory suffered and will continue to suffer lost wages, insurance benefits, investment opportunities, anxiety and depression. The complaint is seeking over $75,000 in damages.

In Dunn Paper's response to the plaintiff's complaint, which was filed in July, it only acknowledges terminating Cory's employment. The company denies it discriminated against her and denies it has any liability to the plaintiff on any claims.

Dunn Paper, Inc. did not respond to a request for comment.

Jen Klein, director of communications for law firm Littler Mendelson P.C. which is representing Dunn Paper in the case, said in an email the firm does not comment on litigation matters.

Mastromarco said the case was moved from St. Clair County Circuit Court to the federal Michigan Eastern District Court in July as Dunn Paper, Inc. is incorporated in a different state.

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