An attorney once told me that organizations should be very wary of adverse-job actions involving HR or finance professionals — because they know where all the dirt is.
Evidently, no one ever mentioned that to Medtronic, which was sued recently by David Ness, its former vice president of global rewards and human resources. Ness alleges in the age-bias complaint that the company pushed him out to replace him with a younger version. He’s 61.
According to the suit, Ness says he not only was pushed out, he was forced to train his replacement. And when the company offered him a severance package that the lawsuit notes was much lower than that offered to other executives who were forced out, he was fired instead.
Ness had been with the company for 36 years. Medtronic, of course, denies it engaged in age discrimination.
Might be interesting to see some of the discovery that takes place as this lawsuit winds its way through the court system.