Hewlett-Packard is making headlines these days, but not for anything good. A former employee filed an employment age discrimination lawsuit against the company after he was let go from his job after nearly 40 years. As he is not the first person to bring such a claim, he is seeking class action status. While this case is taking place in another state, age discrimination in the workplace is a problem seen nationwide, including in Wisconsin.
The plaintiff, a now 55-year-old male, was let go from his job in May 2012. He was a research and development buyer for the company. In his complaint, the plaintiff says he was forced out of his job due to an age-related workforce reduction plan. His is one of 32 age discrimination complaints filed against HP since July 2012.
A spokesperson for Hewlett-Packard says that the company did not consider age when laying off workers. No further comments have been released, as the company will not discuss pending litigation. It is unclear, at this point, if HP plans to fight this complaint or work to settle it out of court.
The plaintiff in this case says he has struggled to find gainful employment since his firing. The loss of income and insurance has caused his family to struggle. He is seeking back pay, legal fees and other damages. Wisconsin residents who believe that they are victims of employment age discrimination may do as this man did and file legal claims against their employers. Such cases can be difficult to prove, but with the assistance of legal counsel, it is possible to seek compensation
Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lawsuit alleges age discrimination at Hewlett-Packard", Morgan Cook, Dec. 6, 2017