• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

Firing those with obsolete skills isn’t age bias

by on
in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources

In today’s tough economy, it’s sometimes necessary to terminate em­­ployees. That may be especially true when new technology makes it easier to perform some tasks, reducing the need for employees.

Recent case: When three older manual mold makers were terminated because new computerized equipment greatly improved pro­­­­ductivity, they sued, alleging age bias.

They argued that younger workers—who had experience on the newer processes because they were hired when the company introduced the technology—were not terminated.

The court tossed out the case. It reasoned that the three were picked because their skills were no longer needed. (Rahlf, et al., v. Mo-Tech, No. 10-1113, 8th Cir., 2011)

Final note: Of course, make sure that when you offer training, you offer it to older workers, too. Cutting older workers out of training programs may be age discrimination.

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/14889/firing-those-with-obsolete-skills-isnt-age-bias "

Leave a Comment