A man is demanding compensation for unfair dismissal and age discrimination after he lost his job as commercial director at a national building company.
Birmingham Employment Tribunal heard that Pak Wong worked for Homes Ltd for 23 years, with one break in service.
Family man Mr Wong, 57, is also seeking damages for breach of contract.
The firm has denied the allegations, say Mr Wong was made redundant as part of a restructuring exercise.
However, Mr Wong feels he lost his job due to his age, and to save money.
He added that the correct procedure for dismissing an employee was not followed.
Mr Wong described the firm as one of the largest building companies in the UK, adding that he was devastated when informed he was being sacked.
He said: “I was deeply upset and the situation affected the whole of my family.
“No alternatives were offered and there was no prior consultation.”
However, the firm claims he was offered an alternative role with the company, but Mr Wong seemed disinterested.
But Mr Wong said he was still upset about losing his job at the time and was not thinking clearly.
Homes Ltd also claimed that he was aware his job could be at risk.
Mr Wong told the tribunal he had played an important role in helping the firm expand and hire key employees.
He accused the company of holding back on documents needed for the tribunal hearing until the ‘last minute’.
A decision will be made by tribunal judges at a later, unspecified date.
Mr Wong now has a different job in Shrewsbury.