I've seen many posts on this site referencing the recent layoffs disproportionately effecting older (40+) workers of good caliber.
It is against the law in the US for any employer to dismiss employees based upon age. While it can be difficult to prove, a layoff of this magnitude can show an unfair and illegal number of older workers being effected. They key is understanding the magnitude of those 40+ effected.
In a wide scope layoff such as what just occurred (or is now rolling through the former Visa Europe), it seems as if older workers were targeted, along with some younger workers who either had poor ratings or unfortunately were in the wrong departments which were cut. The key is if there was a disproportionate number of older workers effected.
If there is a disproportionate number of those 40+ who were displaced and can prove good work history and ratings, a class action lawsuit can be filed against the company.
What Visa is assuming is that it is difficult for employees to organize. This site can work for that.
No information on breakdown of employees effected was provided by the company with packages, and that is why packages were somewhat generous so that people would not organize and file suit.
Please respond to this post if you feel unfairly targeted by the recent layoff and explain in general terms why.
I am late 50's, had an excellent work history and employee review ratings, and was one of several people I know 50+ with similar history who were laid off. Younger workers in my and similar departments remain employed yet I know for a fact several have less than satisfactory ratings - some consistently for years.
This wasn't a target on the old time mentality employees from association pre-IPO days - many let go were intelligent, hard working people targeted strictly for their age. That is wrong. Try obtaining a similar position in responsibility and compensation when you are 55+. Not going to happen. They have hobbled careers and ruined lives and for what?
Please get the word out to those effected and have them reply to this string. There is a law firm very familiar with Visa's insane culture that is experienced in handling claims by employees unfairly let go.
There are choices other than letting Visa get away with age biased terminations. Let's make ourselves aware of the options.