A jury awarded $668,019 to a Dell technical sales representative who claimed that he was fired because of his age. In 2008, William Wise Jr., then 61, was fired from his Austin job. The plaintiff worked for the company for 11 years. Two years prior to his termination, he earned "Circle of Excellence" awards. Wise argued that although he was informed he was being released due to his missed sales quota, no other sales representative had been terminated for such a reason. Yet there were a number of sales people who did not meet their targets. When Wise was put on a performance action plan in March 2006, neither the plaintiff's managers nor the human resources department followed the company procedures, he claimed.