Investigation and pending class action lawsuit against BASF, a major chemical company based in Germany, with North American headquarters located in New Jersey which alleges a nationwide pattern of age discrimination in layoffs from BASF.
BASF had approximately 12,000 employees in the United States, and laid-off approximately 1000 employees in 2003-04. Plaintiffs allege that in selecting employees to be laid off, BASF engaged in a pattern of discrimination against workers over age 40. Among the evidence of age discrimination cited in the class action complaint is an explicit plan to discriminate announced by an officer of BASF. A senior official was quoted on an internal company website discussing the plans to layoff workers, and stating that he was "committed to making the elderly employees give way to younger people."
Pursuant to the policy, hundreds of employees who had been performing their jobs well for BASF lost their jobs.
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BASF is a large chemical company with over 96,000 employees with customers and partners in almost all countries of the world.
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