"Dan, Dan the Nissan Man" sues former employer

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - He was known as "Dan Dan the Nissan Man." Now Dan Crumpler is suing his former employer, Jack Ingram Motors, for age discrimination.

Along with appearing in commercials, Dan Crumpler worked as General Sales Manager for Jack Ingram Nissan. In December 2009, he suffered a heart attack and required bypass surgery.  He returned to work in February. In a lawsuit filed this week, Crumpler claims he was treated differently when he returned to work after recovery from his heart attack.

Crumpler's attorney, Jay Lewis said Crumpler was told he was too old to perform his duties and was basically demoted. He said Jack Ingram Nissan eventually terminated Crumpler's employment there. Now Crumpler is suing for $1 million.

"We've got claims for age discrimination; he was 55 years old at the time, Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination, FMLA rights and retaliation," Lewis said. "Just about anything they could do wrong, our claim is they did it."

Ray Ingram, the Chief Executive Officer of Jack Ingram Motors, issued a statement to WSFA 12 News that reads:

"We recently received notice that Dan Crumpler, a former employee, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against our Company. Dan had previously filed a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC. The EEOC conducted a thorough investigation into his claims, and made a formal Determination that no discrimination had occurred. Dan also filed a Complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor. They, too, investigated his claims and found no wrongdoing on our part and they have closed their file. We expect that a jury looking at the facts of this case will reach the same conclusion that the EEOC and the Department of Labor already have-that we have acted fairly and properly in our dealings with Dan."

The EEOC issued a Dismissal and Notice of Rights in the case. In the filing provided to WSFA 12 News, an investigator determined while he could not find evidence of wrongdoing in the case, it doesn't mean it didn't happen. The notice gave Crumpler the right to file the suit within 90 days, which he has done.

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