Jeronimo was married to Irene, his first wife, for 20 years before she died from kidney cancer in 2008 at 39. Last year, Jeronimo entered into a serious relationship with his new fiancée, and, in December, he told Casimiro, the suit says. Jeronimo said he would take his girlfriend to Portugal to introduce her to his family because he planned to marry her, the suit says. “[Casimiro] seemed OK, like nothing was wrong,” Jeronimo recalled. But when he returned on Jan. 12, Jeronimo called Casimiro to tell him he was ready to go to work the next day, the suit says.
Casimiro screamed, “You are fired because you are going to get married!” the suit charges. “I felt really betrayed. I give to him over 25 years and now [my career is] destroyed,” Jeronimo said. “He just throws me on the street.”
Jeronimo, who had worked for the company for 27 years, filed the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit on Monday. His lawyers, Matthew Blit and Justin Clark, say they’re seeking unspecified damages for past and future economic loss, emotional distress and humiliation.
He’s probably got a case.