The suicide of a well-known JPMorgan Chase & Co. broker has given rise to an unusual legal action: a federal wrongful-death lawsuit claiming that the man took his life after the banking giant forced him to retire, exacerbating his lifelong struggle with depression.

“It’s rather novel,” said Albert Randall, a labor lawyer at Franklin & Prokopik in Maryland who spoke with ALM about the case but is not involved in it. “It seems to be a rather unusual situation to argue wrongful death in.”