Roche Diagnostics Denies Fired Manager's Age Bias Claims

Law360, Dallas (October 21, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT) -- A former sales manager for Roche Diagnostic Corp. on Monday told a Texas federal jury he was fired as part of a companywide plan to replace sales managers with younger workers, while the pharmaceutical giant’s defense centers on his alleged failure to keep up with performance goals.

Richard Thoennes was fired from his role as a “channel business manager” for Roche in 2010 when he was 50, and filed suit a year later, claiming the company perceived him as a threat to earnings because of the...
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