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3M to pay $3M to settle age bias suit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

That’s a lot of Scotch tape and Post-it notes. Minnesota-based 3M has agreed to pay $3 million to 290 former em­­ployees to settle an EEOC lawsuit that claimed layoffs in 2003 and 2006 disproportionately targeted workers age 45 and older.

When the EEOC investigated the workers’ allegations, it uncovered what it said was other evidence of age discrimination. For example, it said older workers had systematically been denied leadership training. As evidence, the commission cited executive emails stating “we should be developing 30 year olds with General Manager potential” and advocating “youth as participants in the leadership development.”

The settlement also calls for 3M to train managers on age discrimination issues. The company agreed to revamp termination processes and open jobs to older workers that had previously been off limits.

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