More than two dozen former employees of General Mills are suing the Golden Valley-based company, claiming that age discrimination was behind their dismissals during a 2014-15 restructuring.
The lawsuit filed by 29 former employees says workers over age 40 were more than three times as likely to be terminated as their younger colleagues, KSTP reports.
The station says General Mills responded with a statement saying "The company stands by its employment decisions and sees no merit to these claims."
Twin Cities Business says about 800 employees lost their jobs in the restructuring General Mills called "Project Catalyst." Stephen Snyder, the plantiffs' lawyer who filed the suit on Tuesday, tells the publication workers in their 60s had a 22 percent chance being terminated, while for those in their 20s the rate was 1.7 percent.
Snyder maintains the layoffs were " based on stereotypes of older employees, not on the actual merits.”
Separate age discrimination suit pending
The new case marks the second time in as many years a lawsuit has alleged age discrimination by General Mills.
As FOX 9 reports, a suit filed last year claimed age discrimination during a 2012 round of layoffs at the company.
The judge handling that suit rejected General Mills' argument that each employee should submit their claims through arbitration. The company is now appealing that ruling, Twin Cities Business says.