When the facts are examined, it is quite apparent that Gus Tavus was treated in a disparate way due to his age. Not least of these is the simple fact that the company’s Vice President of regional claims knew nothing of the job application process and was quoted as saying he was “shocked beyond belief” that Gus had not received the promotion. When coupled with the lack of apparent job description or input from the company’s Human Resources department, it would suggest that the decision was made by a collection of people with their own agenda; one which would seem to be age-biased. There is no evidence to show that Gus is under-qualified for the position and in fact, one of the men who did succeed in securing the post of Corporate Claims Specialist, reported to Gus before the company’s re-shuffle; thus suggesting that there was something in this subordinate’s application which made him more suited to position than his senior: the man in question being under the age of forty and Gus being older than this seemingly important milestone. Gus’ record suggests no hint of a problem in his former work which would have hindered his performance in the updated role; his previous appraisals have demonstrated that he was above average competency within his work. All the facts point to Gus Tavus being the ideal man for the job and so, the only factor which stands against him is his age.
We at BPIC retain the right to interview and select people who we feel are correct for the role. When we interviewed for the role of Corporate Claims Specialist, we advertised it as an internal promotion and invited the previous Regional Center Managers to apply for the new roles. However, after rigorous rounds of interviewing, we decided that as it was a fresh situation for the company, it was time to give the new blood a chance. In the particular case of Gus Tavus, we decided that, if anything, he was over-qualified for the role and might be better suited to pursue employment at a higher level elsewhere. In no way was age a factor in the process, or indeed in any part of our company’s day to day workings. Upon reviewing Gus’ file, it is apparently that his more recent appraisal reviews show that his favourability has not declined in any way, suggesting that our interest in him has been as vested as ever. However, on the day we found that the other candidates interviewed better.