The Detroit Free Press is reporting that General Motors employee Daniel Plouffe has brought an age discrimination lawsuit against the automaker. Plouffe has worked with GM for 40 years, but claims that older executives were urged to retire after the company's 2009 reorganization. Those that refused were forced to accept demotions and cuts in pay.

Plouffe himself had to take a position that entailed the work of three other former GM executives while suffering a 20-25 percent income reduction. The demotion came in spite of progress reports that showed Plouffe was exceeding the company's expectations, and the plaintiff says that the higher-ups in the company told him that GM wanted to promote younger workers.

GM, meanwhile, denies any wrongdoing. The company refused to discuss details of the lawsuit with The Detroit Free Press, but said it adheres to a thorough anti-discrimination policy. The article also made it clear that Plouffe may face an uphill battle as lots of companies cut older workers with higher pay in order to save money. The decision rarely has anything to do with the actual age of the workers.


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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Might want to run a spell check on that title - it's discrimination, not descrimination. But anyway, age descrimination happens in a lot of companies but it's very difficult to prove. No idea if it's the case here but wouldn't be surprised if it was.
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        Do you realize that you posted just to correct AutoBlog's spelling mistake of 'discrimination' yet you spelled it wrong yourself right after the correction: 'But anyway, age descrimination happens in a lot of companies but it's very difficult to prove. No idea if it's the case here but wouldn't be surprised if it was.'
      Justin
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I had 40 years in as a higher up exec that has been making way north of 6 figures for a long ass time I sure as hell would not still be working. hello retirement. oh well, some people can't handle retirement and live to work.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Screw him. GM was going down the toilet for decades. If I had it my way everyone involved with "Old GM" would be banished from US Soil, as they cost us BILLIONS of dollars.
      js1248
      • 3 Years Ago
      All of you children should read Atlas Shrugged. Maybe then you'd face the reality of who (can) lead, who (must) follow and who's worth what in the market. Count the assembly plants south of the Mason Dixon line. Now subtract the number of Unionized assembly plants closed the past 20 years. See any relationship? If the answer is no, refer back to the recommendation to read Ms. Rand's Novel.
        mark4654
        • 3 Years Ago
        @js1248
        Atlas Shrugged was the most boring book ever written. I supposed you are a tea bagger. Did you realize she hated God. Hilarious most tea baggers worship the stupid old lady whose main goal in life was to eliminate God from American life. Dont believe me? Look for her interview with Mike Wallace in 1959, she admits it. Also says people who work for another company are parasites. And all you teabaggers worship this old wacko. Check it out
          Toneron
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mark4654
          Teabaggers? Worship Rand? Get a grip man - time to start campaigning for your hero Hussain.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry , Dan in this case age is probably a good indicator of your job performance . Having been with GM for 40 years, he was forged in the thick of the sh*tty American car era. He's lucky to even have a job after the bankruptcy. This must be his weird swan song, like an old boxer refusing to face reality.
      Dustin Barton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh noes, he has to actually work and give up some pay like his other co-workers did during a time when the company could have gone completely belly up, but was saved by tax-payer dollars. This, folks, is the prime example of what is wrong with America (I'm American by the way). We want to do less but get paid more...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Old dude, you don't have a prayer. Once the company re-organizes, if you job was eliminated or consolidated with other position functions, the company wins. I'd really be curious to know what his original job was, and what his new job is. I'll hazard a bet to say he probably still only does about 3.5 hours of actual work per day. If he is a smoker, even less.
      BOB
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHA, WHA, WHA Get a job at Wally World as a greeter.
      Bradley Troedel
      • 3 Years Ago
      If he has been with GM for 40 years, why doesn't he just retire? Give someone else a chance to work... If I had it my way, I would force these old farts to retire. I've seen it out at the plants... People 65 and up working on the assembly line?! Make them retire! They are too old to be doing that stuff. Just clogging up the work force...
      Bat Ye'Or
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's called "discrimination". And unless you take part of the risk for the enterprise, you shouldn't tell it who to employ and who not.
      Fonin
      • 3 Years Ago
      so it's ok to want to lay off tons of union workers, to bring in a new crop of lower-paid workers, but when its an executive... i guess it doesn't work that way? yeah, i want your cush over-paid job too, i'm willing to bet even though you took on work of other execs, you still do less than me.
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