Discrimination at work is perfectly legal in some countries, and foreign-born managers and executives who work for U.S. employers may sometimes say things that show ignorance of U.S. laws.
Those words can come back to haunt an employer that is sued for age discrimination. They can be used to show bias against older employees. And they can send a slam-dunk case to an unpredictable jury—with equally unpredictable results.
Recent case: Kevin Thompson was approaching age 50 when he was selected to head a Dutch company’s U.S. subsidiary. Thompson was the company’s second choice, picked when its first—and younger—choice turned down the job.
Thompson did not have a solid background in running a company and began having problems right away. His Dutch supervisors complained that he overestimated sales by hundreds of thousands of dollars and couldn’t produce a proper budget.
Meanwhile, Thompson began cataloging what he c...(register to read more)
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