Dave Burrows, a former executive with Fuyao Glass America Inc., is suing the company and its China-based chairman, Cho Tak Wong, for his termination in November 2016.
Burrows, who worked at the Dayton, Ohio, plant as the company’s vice president of facilities, made claims that include fraud, breach of contract, promissory estoppel, defamation and discrimination. He seeks $441,908 and additional punitive damages, attorney and court fees.
In November, the company stated in a release that it was undergoing “a reorganization of the company’s senior management team,” and that Burrows and John Gauthier, former Fuyao president, were no longer with the company. Within that month, Jeff Daochuan Liu was named president.
Burrows alleges Fuyao approached him to take an executive position sometime around August 2013, and was told by Chris Feng, former president of Fuyao Automotive North America, that he would be well taken care of. According to the lawsuit, one of Burrows’ conditions was that he be compensated through 2017.
Prior to his time at Fuyao, which began in August 2015, Burrows held a vice president position at the Dayton Development Coalition and owned a Coldstone Creamery franchise. He gave up both in order to pursue a career with Fuyao.
“Cho knew that representation to be false, as he had no intention of continuing (Burrows’) employment past Fuyao’s ‘construction phase’ and into its ‘mass-production phase’ and he had no intention of continuing (Burrows’) employment after Sunny Yiqun Sun was available to return from China to work for Fuyao,” the lawsuit states. Sunny Yiqun Sun replaced Burrows after his termination
Burrows alleges that he was “terminated by Fuyao without cause and without written notice, and was not given any explanation, oral or written, for his termination.”
He also filed a complaint against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discrimination by national origin.
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