Deborah Jacobs has written an interesting piece in Forbes entitled “11 Sneaky Ways Companies Get Rid Of Older Workers.”
She notes that “Companies looking to ditch older employees can be creative in the ways they try to avoid age discrimination claims,” and then goes on to list “11 of their sneakiest ploys.”
Here is one ploy she mentions: “If, after years of great performance reviews, you’re getting reprimanded for things everyone does, or being nitpicked for things the company didn’t care about before, it’s possible that the company is gearing up for what I call the “suddenly stupid defense.” They’re building a case to get rid of you for poor performance – trying to show a “legitimate reason” other than age for firing you. If you’re being targeted for write-ups when younger employees do the same things and aren’t written up, you may have an age discrimination claim.”
Employers should check this article out and see if they are guitly of any of these “sneaky” things, which may render them liable.