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Celebrated Scout Says Phillies Ousted Him

PHILADELPHIA (CN) - A legendary Philadelphia Phillies scout says the squad created "intolerable working conditions" and constructively terminated his employment after he was hospitalized for a liver virus.

Henry "Hank" King Jr. was with the Phillies for over three decades, starting as a batting-practice pitcher and eventually becoming part of the team's "dream team" of scouts, according to a federal complaint filed Thursday. He started out as a pitcher for the Orioles in the 1960s but retired early after an elbow injury.

"As a result of the intolerable working conditions imposed by the Defendant because of his age (65) and actual and/or perceived disability and/or record of impairment (Liver Virus), as aforesaid, Plaintiff King's employment with the defendant was constructively terminated on or about October 21, 2009," accordingh to the 12-page complaint.

In 2009, King received of one of baseball's highest honors for scouts: the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting.

The 66-year-old retiree seeks reimbursement of the pay he says he was denied, as well as punitive damages, alleging discrimination on the basis of age and disability. He is represented by Sidney Gold.

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