A former sales manager alleges in an age discrimination lawsuit that Facebook failed to hire him because it wanted "new blood." The employer hired a younger man who had been the 55-year-old plaintiff's subordinate for the position.
The plaintiff had worked as a sales development manager for Accenture, a global consulting firm, and was assigned to an outsourced project at Facebook. Accenture supervisors allegedly told him to act "young," because Facebook had an issue with the age of the previous sales manager. According to the lawsuit, Facebook was happy with the performance of the plaintiff, who was productive and was never disciplined.
When Facebook moved its Marketing Expert Program out of Austin, the plaintiff was one of only three out of 30 employees that Accenture did not reassign. Accenture later terminated him.
Several months later, a manager at Accenture contacted the plaintiff to tell him that Facebook was restarting its Austin program and that he would be "a good fit." The plaintiff applied, but was not hired. The manager allegedly told the plaintiff that his performance was not the issue, but that "Facebook wanted 'new faces,' 'new blood,' and to go in 'a different direction.'"
The plaintiff later learned that Facebook hired a man in his 30s with less experience for the position. He is suing both Accenture and Facebook for violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). "Accenture sued by former sales boss for favouring 'new blood,'" consultancy.uk (Aug. 28, 2018).