Ah, but not because they were younger, because they “possesed needed skills”. Not because they were cheaper but because they were “more diverse”.
Public companies will not make a move involving RIF or restructuring without 100% approval from Legal and HR.
Raytheon did that under Obama. Said that if you want a raise beyond rate of inflation, become a diversity champion and agree to diversity goals on your performance review. Attend diversity lectures where you’re told, literally, all men are sexist, all whites are racist and so forth.
They saw much higher attrition among older white guys than the normal rate of retirement would cause.
HR celebrated it. They said it opened up opportunities for diverse promotions and hiring, and it would change the culture of the organization for the better.