November 22, 2014
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A 61-year-old Michigan man has sued his
former employer, claiming he was fired from a $75,000-a-year
salesman's job because of his waistline.
But the employer says Patrick J. Ronayne was let go because of
his performance, not his weight.
The Detroit News reports Thursday that Ronayne's lawsuit seeks
more than $25,000 from Winston Golf and Winston Manufacturing. It
claims weight and age discrimination.
The lawsuit claims the Bloomfield Hills man was let go with a
statement "he was not a `flat belly"' and was replaced by a
thinner person. Ronayne is listed in state records as 5-foot-11 and
The businesses are part of Auburn Hills-based 3Sixty Group LLC.
Spokesman Garrett Morelock calls the claim "absurd." He says
Ronayne wasn't a good salesman.