IBM executives are accused of working to force out older workers as part of an ongoing effort to deal with growing competition.

According to The New York Times, recently unsealed documents in an age discrimination lawsuit reveal some of the steps taken by the Westchester County-based company to develop a younger workforce.

One email appears to indicate a top IBM executive discussed a plan to encourage "the 'dinobabies' (new species) to leave" the company and make them an "an extinct species."

The Times reported an attorney for former employees said the new filings show high-level executives "were explicitly plotting with one another to oust older workers from IBM's work force in order to make room for millennial employees,"

An IBM spokesman told the newspaper the company "never engaged in systemic age discrimination.”

IBM once employed several thousand people at facilities in Broome and Tioga counties.

The company has sold its properties in Endicott, Glendale, Owego and nearby communities.

IBM continues to maintain a modest presence at what is now known as Huron Campus in Endicott.

The company does not disclose how many employees are assigned to the site.

An old "IBM" logo on a building on North Street in Endicott. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
An old "IBM" logo on a building on North Street in Endicott. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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