Dismissed employee files age discrimination lawsuit against Sigma-Aldrich

Sigma-Aldrich makes its headquarters in St. Louis and was acquired for $17 by German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA in September 2014. | Courtesy of Sigma-Aldrich
Sigma-Aldrich makes its headquarters in St. Louis. | Courtesy of Sigma-Aldrich

A woman who worked in the compliance department at Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for 18 years is accusing the company of age discrimination, which she says led to her dismissal last year.

The lawsuit filed in St. Louis Circuit Court says Rebecca Owens received satisfactory performance ratings from 1994 to 2011. After becoming Owens’ boss at Sigma in 2011, Michael “Jeff” Schroeder “intimidated, bullied … and took demeaning, embarrassing and humiliating actions towards (Owens),” she alleges, according to court documents.

The life science and technology company is based in St. Louis.

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