The Plastics Industry Association filed a lawsuit July 8 in federal court against its former CEO, Tony Radoszewski, alleging he violated his employment contract by not relocating to its Washington headquarters and that he owes at least $163,000 in improperly paid expenses.
The group filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleging that Radoszewski, who was its CEO from September 2019 until he was fired March 25, 2022, collected a relocation bonus in his contract but did not move from his home in Texas.
Radoszewski did not respond to a request for comment, but he had previously filed a lawsuit in May in state court in Texas seeking more than $609,000 in severance payments, as well as a similar lawsuit July 11 in federal court in Dallas.
In his lawsuit, Radoszewski argued that his employment agreement did not require moving to the Washington, D.C., area, and since he was being terminated without cause, he was owed his $546,000 annual salary, a $30,000 bonus for 2021 and other monies.
The end of Radoszewski's tenure had been rocky, with several key staff leaving and some association member companies saying they had become concerned about staff upheaval and the direction of the association.
Before taking over leadership of the association, Radoszewski had been president of the Plastics Pipe Institute in Irving, Texas from 2006 to 2019 and had a several decades long career in the plastics industry.
The court documents do not mention the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that began in early 2020 on working in the association offices or potential relocation.
The association said in a statement that it filed its legal action in response to Radoszewski's court actions.