57-year-old former employee sues Twitter for age discrimination 

A former Twitter employee filed a lawsuit against the company last week, alleging he was wrongfully terminated in September after an illness and critical remarks from supervisors about his age.

Peter Taylor, a 57-year-old who formerly managed deployment at Twitter's data center, filed his lawsuit July 9. In it, Taylor's lawyers say he received a positive employee evaluation just six weeks before he was fired without notice or explanation.

"Plaintiff's supervisor made at least one critical remark about plaintiff's age," the lawsuit states. "The persons defendants employ in positions similar to plaintiff's position are all substantially younger than plaintiff. Defendants replaced plaintiff with several employees in their 20's and 30's."

A month before he was fired, Taylor underwent surgery to remove kidney stones that had caused him to be ill since April 2013.

In his lawsuit, Taylor claims he asked Twitter to assign extra staffers to help with his workload while he was ill. Taylor claims Twitter declined and instead gave him more responsibilities.

"They assigned plaintiff additional work and demanded that he complete that work, as well as his other responsibilities, while he was disabled," the lawsuit says.

A Twitter spokesman told SF Weekly the lawsuit has no merit "and we will vigorously defend ourselves against it."

Taylor v Twitter by Leah Rachel Swan

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