McCann and Ex-Exec Settle Age-Discrimination Lawsuit

George Hayes Had Accused Agency of Valuing Youth Over Experience

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After two and a half years, McCann Erickson and George Hayes, a former 30-year veteran of the agency and its media-buying offshoot, Universal McCann, have reached a settlement in the age-discrimination suit he filed against the UM back in 2006, according to a report on

Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed.

It was reported that the settlement had been reached two weeks ago when Mr. Hayes withdrew the suit after an agreement was reached that both sides found acceptable. The suit had been scheduled to go to trial next month.

Two years ago, Mr. Hayes, then 54, filed papers in New York State Supreme Court alleging that, since arriving the previous fall, Universal McCann's new worldwide CEO, Nick Brien, "value[d] youth instead of experience and desired younger persons in place of older persons and acted upon his discriminatory preference by terminating older persons, because of their age."

Mr. Brien is now the CEO of Mediabrands, overseeing Interpublic's media agenies UM and Initiative.
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