LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Carl Ritter, ousted CEO of a Lakewood Ranch cancer charity, has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, The Center for Building Hope, claiming employment discrimination.
Ritter, who had helmed The Center for Building Hope since 2010, was terminated by the nonprofit's board two weeks ago as the organization struggled with an operation that had become costly and complex.
At the time of the firing, The Center for Building Hope was defaulting on its $2-million-plus mortgage, and had reported deficits for several years. Ritter was not the only staff member terminated. The center fired Ritter's two grown children and 22 employees overall, the Bradenton Herald has reported.
In the midst of the financial turmoil, Ritter's annual compensation package had grown to $335,291.
According to the Sarasota County Clerk of Court website, Ritter filed suit Aug. 11 against The Health Support Network Inc., the parent company of The Center for Hope.
Ritter has listed his University Place home for sale. The listing price is $839,000.
He has also partnered in a new business called Sarasota Funding Partners, according to his LinkedIn page.