3M Agrees to Settle Age Discrimination Case for $3 Million

3M Company agreed to settle an age discrimination case filed by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.  The EEOC alleged that the company unlawfully laid off hundreds of workers over the age of 45 from July 1, 2003 through December 31, 2006.  Federal law prohibits discrimination against workers over the age of 40.  The federal agency said that the company laid off workers to save money.  Assuming that the federal court approves the settlement, money will be disbursed to about 290 former employees, and 3M will agree to post openings for positions it had not previously made available for older employees.  The company also agreed to establish a process to review termination decisions and to conduct training on how to prevent age bias.  Earlier this year, the company settled another age discrimination case filed in Minnesota for $12 million.  The EEOC's investigation found an e-mail from the company's CEO stating that "we should be developing 30-year-olds with general manager potential."
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