Faygo founder's grandson loses job, sues company

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Photo - Hugh Rosenthal, grandson of Faygo co-founder Ben Feigenson, is suing the Detroit soda pop company for age discrimination. Rosenthal was marketing director at Detroit-based Faygo when he lost his job at age 68 in 2012. He says Faygo fired him because of his age and replaced him with a younger male employee. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza)
Hugh Rosenthal, grandson of Faygo co-founder Ben Feigenson, is suing the Detroit soda pop company for age discrimination. Rosenthal was marketing director at Detroit-based Faygo when he lost his job at age 68 in 2012. He says Faygo fired him because of his age and replaced him with a younger male employee. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza)
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DETROIT (AP) — The grandson of a founder of an iconic Michigan soft drink company says he was fired because of his age.

Hugh Rosenthal was marketing director at Detroit-based Faygo when he lost his job at age 68 in 2012. He tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1nw6DE8 ) there was no legitimate business reason to let him go.

Rosenthal's lawsuit is in Flint federal court. The Free Press says Faygo vice president Al Chittaro declined to comment.

Rosenthal says he spotted trouble in 2011 when the company posted a job for brand manager. He says he was told he would be fired after he trained his replacement.

Rosenthal, now 70, is the grandson of Faygo co-founder Ben Feigenson. He says Faygo is "sort of in my blood."

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