Hewlett-Packard Company, HP Enterprise Services, LLC, and HP, Inc. are facing a former employee’s claims that the defendants unlawfully terminated him based on his age. According to the suit, HP implemented its “Workforce Reduction Plan” in early 2012 in order to “terminate its older, higher paid employees and replace them with younger, lower paid employees.”
The plaintiff argues that the company’s plan targeted employees age 40 and older – who the suit notes were part of a protected class – for termination and harmed their chances of gaining other employment by threatening to disqualify them for severance pay if they were hired by a competitor. The plaintiff allegedly worked for HP for almost 36 years and received “excellent performance reviews” before being told his position “[had] been eliminated” in May 2017.
As a result of the defendants’ alleged discrimination, the complaint attests, the plaintiff “has had to resort to government assisted welfare and food stamps” to support his family and foster children.
This suit was originally filed in California state court but has been removed to federal court.