Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We do not see many direct cases of discrimination anymore, but this case demonstrates that they are still out there. In Hickman v Sloan Fluid Accessories, Inc, ____F.Supp. ___ (E.D.Tenn. June 7, 2011), the court relied on statements that the vice president of sales and marketing allegedly made concerning plaintiffs termination. For instance, plaintiff asserted that the vice president told a regional sales manager at a client company that he had terminated the product specialist because he was "looking for someone younger with more spunk.” There was also testimony that the vice president told another regional sales manager at different client company that plaintiff was terminated because of concerns that older salespeople wouldn't make the transition very well toward newer technologies.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein