HEWETT v. XPLORE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION OF AMERICA
MEMORANDUM AND/OR OPINION. SIGNED BY HONORABLE MICHAEL M. BAYLSON ON 3/11/13. 3/12/13 ENTERED AND COPIES EMAILED.(rf, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
CORPORATION OF AMERICA
MEMORANDUM RE: DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS
March 11, 2013
The Motion to Dismiss the Complaint in this case will be DENIED. Plaintiff brings an
age discrimination case, with common law claims added. Plaintiff has set forth a plausible,
factual scenario detailing his employment for the Defendant and eventual involuntary termination
on April 3, 2009. Plaintiff sets forth sufficiently specific facts showing age discrimination and
adds as an alternative claim, an assertion of disparate impact upon Defendant’s employees over the
age of forty. The Motion to Dismiss disingenuously dwells on the disparate impact claim when it
is clear it is only an alternative basis for relief. For this reason, the Court need not dwell on the
arguments raised by the Defendant because the Defendant has misstated the essence of Plaintiff’s
Furthermore, the Plaintiff has also pled a claim of tortious interference with existing or
prospective contractual relations, in which Plaintiff asserts that Defendant defamed him to a
prospective employer. Plaintiff specifically identifies the name of this prospective employer, and
alleges that Defendant’s defamatory remarks to this employer resulted in Plaintiff’s existing or
prospective contractual relationships not being completed. These are sufficient allegations for
pleading purposes. Defendant can secure additional facts through discovery.
The Court has also reviewed the Complaint’s allegations for defamation, injurious
falsehood (disparagement), and invasion of privacy/false light. Defendant’s arguments to dismiss
the claims presume requirements more than federal pleading demands, and will be rejected.
An appropriate Order follows.
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