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Twitter Sued for Age Discrimination

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The number of age - discrimination lawsuits involving Silicon Valley and the tech industry is high, and not without good reason. This is an industry that places a very high value on youth, and very often, employees above forty can be made to feel unwanted and unwelcome. Twitter recently became the latest tech company to be embroiled in an age-discrimination lawsuit.

A former employee at the company has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming that he was terminated from his position due to his age. The man, Peter Taylor worked as a data center manager at Twitter, and says in his lawsuit, that during his tenure at the company, he was an excellent employee. He saved more than $10 million for the company as part of his job, but in 2013, was fired from his position. At the time, he was 57. The termination came after he received a diagnosis for kidney stones.

According to the lawsuit, he scheduled his medical condition into his work schedule, and was able to continue working full-time. However, because of his condition, he did ask for additional staff members for help. The company did not accommodate his condition, and actually assigned him extra work. When he failed to complete the work, he was simply fired. The termination came one month after he underwent surgery for kidney stones.

According to the lawsuit, he suffered harassment, even before he was fired. At least one supervisor made an unkind and unnecessary remark about his age before the termination. According to his lawsuit, Twitter has since replaced him with plaintiffs who are in their 20s and 30s.

He insists that performance was not at the root of his termination at all. Just a few months before he was fired, he was given a good performance review, which stated that he met expectations.

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