Wheat v. Rogers & Willard

“But I Was Just Kidding!” Is That a Defense to a Discrimination Claim?

Posted on October 4, 2017

The Situation: During an industry-wide conference related to success strategies, a company executive is taking notes.  The notes include a page with the header “Attracting and Retaining employees,” and underneath, writes “Fire all the old people.”  The owner claims he was only kidding when he wrote this and was referring to a similar statement made in a joking manner by another company’s president.  Eight months later, a 77-year old employee is terminated. Can he bring a claim of age discrimination based upon these notes?…

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