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Motor Company is to pay $US10.5 million to settle claims of age disc
From The Telegraph
Ford offers pay-out on ageist claim
FORD Motor Company is to pay $US10.5 million ($20.34 million) to settle claims of age discrimination against about 530 workers in America.
The deal will bring to an end two class action suits brought by employees who claimed Ford's performance rating system was biased, particularly against older, white men.
"It is $US10.5 million. That will be distributed among about 530 employees," said Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari.
One suit claimed only age discrimination. The other also claimed gender and race discrimination, but those will be dropped as part of the settlement.
The agreement, reached after Ford family scion William Clay Ford took over as chief executive on October 30 and began working to rebuild company morale, must still receive court approval.
"The company is pleased to have resolved this difficult situation with our employees and is eager to put it behind," said Joe Laymon, Ford vice president for human resources.
Under the previous chief executive Jacques Nasser, Ford's white-collar performance rating last year included forced ranking, which required supervisors to assign 10 per cent of their employees the lowest performance ranking.
Some white-collar workers who received the lowest ranking in 2000, after receiving satisfactory performance reviews throughout their careers, believed that it was a tool to prune older white men from Ford's work force.
Ford dropped the force-ranking requirement in July.
"There is absolutely no connection between that change and the settlement," Gattari said.
"We did not make that change as a result of the lawsuit."
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