Age discrimination starts at age 30. It's called a succession plan. If you're not on it at age 30, you will be let go by age 50. Cat is not a life long employer. Hiring literature espouses long term employment. There is no such thing as an old boy network. Do not work here, move on. Typical hiring profile is bottom quartile schools (Rolla, Bradley, Cincinnati, Akron). You should see the pieces of p–p populating senior management. They drank the kool aid from day 1. Brown nose.
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So did the Class action Law suit ever get processed. I was a 52 with 28 years of service that was let go in 2016.
Is that an age discrimination lawsuit? If so, I'd like to be a part of it. I was forced to train this little Chinese fella (25 years old), and all the while I kept wondering if he was my replacement. As it turned out, he WAS my replacement and I was laid off within the year (Jan 1, 2016). At the time I was 54 and had 20+ years of service with Cat (SG25). The division manager who laid me off didn't want to speak with me, but I insisted and eventually was able to talk to her. When I asked her why she laid me off, she said she could have my job done by a lower salary grade (i.e. the little Chinese fella). I told her my internal clients would definitely have a different opinion, but she didn't care and said it was their prerogative to have a different opinion. Her mind was made up, and I was finished and out the door. This the same incompetent woman who couldn't even balance her departmental budget without a 6 sigma project. Looking back, I think she's a sociopath who cares nothing about the damage she has done to so many people. There were many more to follow after me. She'll sacrifice anything and anyone to maintain her position. I guess that's the Caterpillar way.
I was third generation caterpillar employee. I watched as they forced my dad out at 60. He came into work first and always left last. He bled cat yellow. He was always respected by his peers. Then management changed. I was miserable at cat myself so I quit. I wouldn’t work there.
Tell us more about this class action, please! Interested in joining.
I have a different experience. I worked at Cat as a Volt contractor for 4.5 years. I was hired on as a full time Caterpillar employee in a an entry level management position 2 years ago at the age of 52. I feel like my age and maturity are a positive asset and I don't really feel discriminated against in any sense of the word. But hey, this is just me and my experience. I have heard many people say Caterpillar just isn't the same company it used to be. And another thing....I see a list of schools in a comment above that states bottom quartile. Nonsense. I just did a quick lookup of Bradley ((a local private university) and here are the results. Hardly a second tier school....and no I didn't graduate from there.
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Bradley University Rankings
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#4 in Regional Universities Midwest
#3 in Best Colleges for Veterans
#18 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)
#6 in Best Value Schools
#3 in Most Innovative Schools
#72 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
#26 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie)
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It's real. I'm part of a 25,000 class action law suit!