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Age Discrimination

The company that asks, “what’s in your wallet” might be digging into it’s own wallet if it loses an age discrimination lawsuit. According to an Associated Press article released in March of 2003, as many as 60 former employees have joined in a suit against Capital One Financial Corporation, alleging age discrimination.

The lawsuit charges that existing employees were released through the use of rankings and other evaluation systems used to “create” reasons to terminate employees no longer wanted.

In all actuality, as technology moves forward and companies become more technologically centered, it only makes sense that employees must learn and keep up with changes. But some older employees do not try to improve their skills, and thus are not keeping up on what their company needs from them to be profitable.

But in all fairness, I believe that if an employee is not keeping up with technology, it is the company’s responsibility to establish professional development guidelines for that employee and follow through with disciplinary action only if those guidelines are not met. Any system “created” with a hidden purpose to eliminate older employees without giving them the opportunity to meet company requirements would be against the law.
     
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