VW Accused Of 'Purging' Older Workers In Rebranding Effort

By Danielle Nichole Smith (June 29, 2018, 10:22 PM EDT) -- Volkswagen AG instituted a policy to remove older employees from the company as part of a rebranding strategy in the aftermath of the German automaker's 2015 diesel emissions scandal, a 53-year-old worker alleged in a collective action filed in Tennessee federal court Friday.

Jonathan Manlove said in his complaint that Volkswagen attempted to create a distraction from the fallout of the so-called Dieselgate scandal with the creation of two related strategic rebranding and labor campaigns. As part of those campaigns, the company instituted a plan to get rid of management positions held by older employees in violation of U.S. age discrimination laws, the...

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