Fired worker accuses Twitter of age discrimination

July 16, 2014, 12:19 AM UTC
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A former data center manager at Twitter has accused the company of firing him for being too old and ill despite a previous performance review that said he was “meeting or exceeding expectations.”

Peter Taylor, 57, filed a lawsuit against the microblogging service last week in San Francisco Superior Court, alleging discrimination based on his age and disability.

A month prior to being fired, Taylor underwent surgery for kidney stones. When he asked for additional help due to the disability, the suit states that Twitter “refused to accommodate” and, in fact, assigned him more work.

Eventually, he was “terminated without warning,” according to the lawsuit, for failing to compete those extra assignments. The suit went on to say that Twitter replaced him with several employees in their 20s or 30s, and that his supervisor had made a “critical remark” about his age.

Taylor’s attorney argued that his client had “saved over 10 million dollars in the expansions of data centers” for Twitter.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fortune. But in response to SF Weekly, a Twitter (TWTR) spokesperson said that “the case is without merit” and the company will “vigorously defend ourselves against it.”