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Volkswagen Accused of ‘Company-Wide’ Age Discrimination in Suit

  • Former assistant manager alleges he was demoted because of age
  • Lawsuit filed on behalf of all older workers who are affected
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A Tennessee employee of Volkswagen AG sued the automaker and alleged that it has been systematically discriminating against older workers in wake of a massive emissions scandal that tarnished the company’s reputation.

Jonathan Manlove, a former assistant manager in logistics for the automaker at its Tennessee plant, said he was demoted as part of the company’s effort to shed its "old diesel image" and appear more like a "modern, young company focused on productivity, efficiency and technology," according to a complaint filed Friday in Chattanooga federal court.