MMM (3M) hit with a class action lawsuit over age discrimination

The lawsuit was filed in a California federal court by employees of 3M Co. (MMM) over discriminating against employees who are older than 46 and claiming it either fires them, or forces them to resign or retire. Both former and current employees were involved in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that 3M has discriminated against these older workers in performance appraisals, training, promotions and pay since 2001.

However 3M claims that those employees  were unwilling or unable to accept or adequately implement the company’s new management techniques.

The complaint alleges that, 3M selects very few persons over age 45 for training as Six Sigma “Black Belts” or “Master Black Belts” compared to their presence in the work force, and selection gives younger employees huge advantages in subsequent employment decisions.

The plaintiffs also alleges that older workers have been disproportionately downgraded in the company’s performance assessment system, with negative effects on promotion, pay, and termination decisions.

So far the class includes about 50 men and women, but has a potential 6,000 current and former 3M employees as plaintiffs.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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