3M sued for ageism

22 December 2004 – St Paul (MN): Current and former employees of 3M are suing the manufacturer on the grounds that they suffered discrimination for being over the age of 45, according to lawyers involved in the case.

3M, however, has dismissed the claims. A spokesman for the company, Stephen Sanchez, told OPI: "We believe the claims are without merit and we will vigorously defend against the lawsuit."

The complaint, which was filed late yesterday in the company’s home town of Minnesota, accused 3M of discriminating against employees in performance appraisals, training, promotions and pay because it deemed them unwilling or unable to accept new management techniques.