Former Health Care Exec Sues for Age, Sex Discrimination

An executive with 25 years of experience who was terminated by a health care company due to “restructuring” has filed a discrimination lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She claims she was actually let go because of her age and gender, after a change in office culture brought on by the CEO’s son demanded “new blood.”

Judy Meyer was hired by Merit Medical Systems in 1991 as a sales representative.  For the next 25 years, the complaint alleges, she worked her way up the ladder, becoming a regional manager in 2005. 

Meyer claims she was well regarded by the company’s CEO and co-founder, who sought her advice and guidance.  She further claims she was considered an exemplary employee, receiving several leadership and sales awards.  

Beginning in early 2015, the complaint alleges, with the arrival of the CEO’s son as Executive Vice President, the work environment changed. 

The company began to emphasize the importance of a younger workforce and need to make way for “new blood,” thus creating  an environment of discrimination towards older employees, including Meyer, the complaint states.

Meyer alleges that she was passed over for promotion to vice president despite being qualified.

This was after her region was required to reach greater sales growth targets than others, she was required to take a leadership course that none of her male counterparts were, and she was told to limit her communications with the CEO, according to the complaint.

“[Meyer] understood [Merit’s] conduct to be intended to lead her to resign.  Yet, Plaintiff did not resign and instead complained to [Merit] of discriminatory conduct.  Nonetheless, even after representatives of [Merit’s] human resources team acknowledged that [Merit’s] treatment of [Meyer] was problematic, [Merit] did not investigate her complaints.  The wrongful conduct continued.  Ultimately, [Meyer] was terminated by [Merit],” the complaint states

Meyer asks for compensatory and punitive damages, a declaration that the company’s discriminatory practices are illegal and that they be prohibited from conducting them in the future.  Meyer is represented by Katherine Oeltjen of Console Mattiacci.

Merit did not return an email requesting comment.

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