While many companies throughout the United States and in states like Texas have taken steps to ensure employees of all ages are treated fairly, some continue to engage in acts related to age discrimination. Some employers accused of age discrimination carry out blatant and obvious campaigns against older employees, other employers, however, engage in more subtle forms of age discrimination.
A senior business director recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer who he asserts is guilty of engaging in age discrimination. The man worked for the same company for more than 30 years. At the time the man was terminated, he held the position of director of business development for the company's Mexico division. The man's most-recent 2012 review rated his work as above-average. Despite this favorable review, however, the man's personal sales goals were increased significantly.
According to the lawsuit, the man asserts his sales goals were increased to equal $50,000 in profits per month. According to the lawsuit, given the sales process and cycle, the new sales goal was impossible to achieve. As a result, the man was terminated from his position for not meeting the company's goals 30 days after the new sales goal was established.
The man recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer in which he asserts the company engaged in an active campaign of age discrimination in an attempt to force him out. Included as evidence in the lawsuit, is documentation that details the fact that younger employees often did not meet sales goals, but were not terminated.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Montgomery Co. man sues Yusen after termination for failing to meet 'impossible' sales target, alleges age discrimination," John Suayan, May 30, 2013