A former IBM employee has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of age discrimination following the elimination of her position when she was 63 years old.
In a complaint filed on Sept. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Brenda VanDeWeghe stated she began working for IBM’s Global Business Services unit as a recruiter in February 2010 in the capacity of an independent contractor, joining the Armonk-based company as a “long-term supplemental employee” in March 2011 and a full-time employee in May 2014. In June 2015, she was promoted to North American Executive Referral Program Manager.
VanDeWeghe’s lawsuit noted that IBM began making a companywide emphasis on the value of workforce millennials in a 2014 conference titled “Reinvention in the Age of the Millennial,” which resulted in an “early professional” hiring program targeted solely at young professionals.
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