MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Starkey Hearing Technologies is now being sued by former president Jerry Ruzicka, months after the FBI raided his home. Ruzicka filed the lawsuit on Thursday, Jan. 14, naming Starkey and CEO Bill Austin in claims of wrongful termination, defamation, whistleblowing and unpaid salary.
Ruzicka also claims he's owed millions of dollars in future salary based on his contract. He and other top executives were all fired by Starkey back in September.
Because Starkey is a private company, there was little explanation of the firings until a civil lawsuit filed last October suggested that Austin believed the executives were plotting to form a rival company.