A former Union Rural Electric executive is alleging the company discriminated against him, and is seeking restitution of at least seven figures.

A former Union Rural Electric executive is alleging the company discriminated against him, and is seeking restitution of at least seven figures.

Union County YMCA interim director Rick Shortell filed a civil complaint against URE and CEO Roger Yoder in the Union County Common Pleas court on Oct. 1.

According to court documents, Shortell claims that the company engaged in age discrimination when URE fired him, and he is seeking compensatory and punitive restitution of no less than $1-million.

Shortell, 58, was employed by URE from March of 1991 until his termination on Aug. 26, 2010, at which time he was the company's vice president of communications and economic development.

When contacted for comment, Yoder said that it is the company's policy not to comment on personnel matters.

Shortell's civil complaint makes two claims, according to court documents that the company retaliated against him in 2009 after he reported what he viewed as a violation of company policy and age discrimination, and that he was discriminated against a second time when URE fired him in 2010.

The complaint filed with the court requests a jury trial to decide the matter. An initial court date has yet to be listed on the court's docket.