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Former Bayer employee says age discrimination caused his firing

All Texas employees deserve to be valued, and those that have been with a company for a significant number of years should be looked upon admirably for their service. Unfortunately, some companies believe that long-term workers are financial drains because of their higher salaries and wish to terminate them to bring in younger, less expensive employees. By doing this, a company could be setting itself up for an age discrimination claim.

A man who worked for Bayer Cropscience since 1984 is claiming that, after his many years of service, he was illegally terminated. The man was a chemical plant operator and shift supervisor and was also one of the highest paid managers in his group. He was also among the oldest of the company's employees and had a long tenure with the company.

Because of the plaintiff's age, tenure and rate of pay, he was supposedly eligible to voluntarily retire through the company's program. This entitled him to receive two weeks of his income for each year of service, as well as a generous benefits package. The man wanted to participate in the program, but, allegedly, his participation was denied because of business needs. After his request, he continued to work for the company with no change to his pay rate.

A short time later, the plaintiff was informed that he was losing his job. The plaintiff believes that the reason for his firing was based on age discrimination. Texas employers are not permitted to fire employees based on age or any other protected status characteristic. Those who feel that they have been wronged have the right to file claims against their employers. If evidence is properly presented proving the alleged discrimination, the workers may be awarded financial losses deemed appropriate under state law.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Bayer age discrimination case sent to federal court", Kyla Asbury, Jan. 16, 2015

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