Panera LLC accused of age discrimination

Warren production facility ex-manager files lawsuit

WARREN — A man claims Panera LLC subjected him to age discrimination when they passed him up for a promotion and then fired him from a production facility in Warren to hire someone in his 20s, according to a lawsuit filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Mark Mosinski worked for six years as a production manager at the Warren facility, 3643 Elm Road NE, which is next to the locally owned restaurant on Elm Road, but is owned by the Panera parent corporation, registered in Columbus.

The suit names Panera LLC and the man Mosinski states was given the opportunities over him as defendants. Attempts to reach the facility, the man and the company for comment were unsuccessful.

The suit states Mosinski, 58, was fired in December, even though he never received any written discipline. In September, Mosinski applied for the position of plant manager.

Despite his “extensive experience and superior qualifications” the company selected a man in “his 20s and is substantially younger than” Mosinski, the suit seeking $25,000 states.

A regional manager told Mosinski he wasn’t “enthusiastic enough,” the complaint states.

After the new plant manager took over, Mosinski found out he was investigating him, even though he was never interviewed and given a chance to respond, according to the suit.

Mosinski was fired, and the only explanation he was given was that he had “violated cultural values,” the complaint states.

The company subjected Mosinski to “false and discriminatory criticisms,” refused to address his claims he was being discriminated against because of his age, failed to promote him and terminated his employment without giving him an opportunity to transfer to another position, and replaced him with “someone substantially younger,” according to the suit.