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Man claims Texas company committed age discrimination

After working for a company for a long time, a person understandably may feel valuable. After all, he or she has acquired years of wisdom and knowledge that can prove helpful for the company. Some employers, however, view old age as a liability instead of an asset, preferring younger workers who may cost less and contribute new ideas. These companies in Texas might end up engaging in age discrimination, which is illegal.

One man in Texas recently sued his employer -- Hagemeyer North America -- alleging that the company discriminated against him based on his age. The man reportedly worked as a salesman there for over 50 years. However, he claims that he recently began to experience remarks about his age from his supervisors. He was eventually fired in early April, allegedly due to his poor performance, he said.

The man believes the actual reason for his firing had to do with his age. He claims the company also is guilty of retaliation as well as of violating the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. He is pursuing claims for monetary damages, the loss of his benefits and the loss of his earnings.

The man has the right to seek to hold the company responsible for the alleged act of workplace discrimination. There must be adequate proof that the business mistreated the employee based upon his age. If he is successful in his age discrimination lawsuit, he may be entitled to remedies, such as getting coverage of his out-of-pocket expenses tied to the claim. Moreover, he could be entitled to some or all of the financial damages he has claimed.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Hagemeyer North America sued for age discrimination in employment", Annie Cosby, June 9, 2014

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