Psychologist files for dismissal in age discrimination suit

Christina Stueve Jun. 25, 2012, 7:00am


A man who filed suit against his former employer alleging he lost his job because of his age, filed for dismissal June 20.

Michael Stern claimed he had been terminated from his job in September 2010 as chief psychologist for defendant St. Anthony's Health Center because of memory loss.

Stern was 69 years old at the time. Before he was terminated, Stern underwent evaluations for forgetfulness and was determined to have experienced short-term memory deficiencies, according to his complaint filed April 30 in Madison County Circuit Court.

"Many individuals such as Governor Rick Perry of Texas, President Ronald Reagan, or sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices experience moments of forgetfulness and remain fully capable of performing the essential functions of the jobs," Stern had claimed.

The plaintiff's notice of voluntary dismissal stated it was filed prior to service by the adverse party of an answer or of a motion for summary judgment.

Because of his job loss, Stern claimed he lost wages and benefits and experienced emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment.

In addition to St. Anthony's Health Center, Stern named the center's vice president for Physician Services Patti Fischer, saying she treated him like a disabled person and contributed to his job loss.

In his complaint, Stern sought a cease and desist order prohibiting St. Anthony's from further violating the Illinois Human Rights Act and actual damages. He also sought compensatory damages of more than $50,000.

He was represented by Lee W. Barron of Alton and Kim L. Kirn of Alton.

Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis was assigned to the case.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-578.

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