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E-Mail to HR: How Should We Fire the Old Bat?!

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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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Ron October 17, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Where is America going, down the tubes? Why could this company not remember that they would not be where they are today if it had not been for people like Ms Parks. She is part of the reason that they are big today. Why could they not have remembered all of the years that she had given them , and at least offered her a different position for a few more years. She would have probably retired in a few years anyway. It would have saved them a lot of legal fees, and probably cost them less by keeping her on payroll than paying out all of those legal fees.


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