Fortress Investment Group was sued by a managing director who said he was fired days after undergoing treatment for a degenerative disease and told "it’s just not working out."
Bloomberg News reports that Michael Johnson, a former managing director in the asset manager’s credit team, was dismissed a year ago "without any warning," four working days after he returned to work following treatment for motor neurone disease, according to court documents obtained by Bloomberg. His physical abilities had been rapidly declining for about six months before that, since he had noticed weakness in his leg at the end of 2014.
“There was plainly no proper reason for the dismissal,” Johnson’s lawyer said in the complaint. “Mr. Johnson’s dismissal constituted less favorable treatment because of his disability.”
Fortress, a New York-listed alternative-asset manager with $70.6bn under management, is the latest financial institution taken to the London employment tribunals.
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