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E-Mail to HR: How should we fire the old bat?!

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Question: I thought we’d all learned our lessons from misguided politicians and CEOs to quit exchanging e-mails that are loaded with evidence of discrimination. Apparently for some, the lesson isn’t over until it’s learned the hard way …

Case in Point: Elizabeth Parks was a 62-year-old editor for a trade magazine, Drug Store News. She’d worked for the company for 25 years. But in recent years, the company’s focus had shifted to writing more about beauty and health issues and it preferred younger writers. The company began hiring only young women to fill editor and reporter vacancies, with the four newest employees ranging from 23 to 33 years old.

In the spirit of this new focus, a senior manager sent an e-mail to HR to immediately “set in motion” a “scenario” to justify Parks’ termination. In response, HR employees exchanged e-mails discussing possible rationales for firing Parks.

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