Yesterday we posted on an age discrimination claim filed by an ex-partner of a large New Jersey firm. Today the news is of a long-term in-house attorney for Altria, Inc. who was fired because he didn't "fit the right profile," allegedly code for "being too old." Here's the story.
What's going on here? I thought that gray hair is indicative of experience and wisdom, good things in a lawyer. Is there really a trend towards getting rid of middle aged lawyers in favor of younger folks? Has anyone seen other evidence of such a trend?