At least one win, " $500,000 settlement without litigation for older employee of major auto company"
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There have been some successes, settlements sealed.
Interestingly enough IBM who is the king of age discrimination layoffs, has lost nearly all their recent lawsuits. In years past they prevailed, but after the proPublica in depth reporting they have lost lawsuits. Disgruntled current and past employees providing detailed smoking guns documentation.
Public sentiment has shifted to not favor age discrimination.
Hmmm, almost 3 years will have passed and probably another 2 years before any resolution. Ford can keep this going forever - no out of pocket cost as the lawyers are on payroll. Ford firees will get burned with legal costs when the suit is thrown out assuming they don't run out of money before that.
Not sure what I would do in that situation. A lot of stress/anger to hold onto - plus - once your name gets out there on social media - may hinder future job prospects.
I do not recall anyone having success with these Ford lawsuits over the last 25 years or so.
Those who were walked out deserve to win but I don’t have much hope. A few years ago a very good friend was “laid off” from a large company in Michigan along with many others who were approaching retirement age. The same thing happened to them, they didn’t lose their pensions but their pensions were significantly less than if they had reached the next pension milestone.
The employees sued and lost because that company made sure to include a person or two from each employed ethnicity and se-ual orientation. They also walked out a couple of people who were not nearing retirement. The company claimed they needed headcount reductions and eliminated based on performance. My friend had always earned great performance reviews and promotions. I would expect Ford to make the same claim. In cases like this the employees do not have the advantage when going against large companies that have their own legal team.
Sounds like Ford is worried, we’ve piled ten attorneys onto this case.
Final Pretrial Conference set for 1/11/2022 01:30 PM,
Jury Trial set for 1/18/2022 09:00 AM before District Judge Bernard A. Friedman)
I hope they get a good and fair settlement. Most people don’t want the long legal hassle, which of course is what the Ford bean counters are relying on.
Excellent question - I was wondering too. Here is what likely happened:
- Ex-Ford employee raked over coals by Ford lawyers, reminding them of their actual performance issues vs. 'why me - lawsuit' mentality
- Each Ex- Ford employee out $50k+ in legal fees
- Ford lawyers have a good laugh and move on with their lives
- Ex-Ford employee lawyer buys a vacation home from the case proceeds