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This phenomenon is referred to as "Managing Personnel Out the Door." It is an insidious practice that is becoming more and more common as management tries to move older higher paid employees out so that they can be replaced with younger employees.
It is a form of age discrimination and if it can be demonstrated that you are being targeted because of your age (this is done by showing the statistics of employees being targeted) then you may have a discrimination action.
The practice is illegal, and your husband has remedies through the Texas Workforce Commission. You may wish to file a complaint. It costs you nothing to file the complaint and they will investigate your employer's practices:
You can file a Joint Texas and federal Complaint through the State agency.
Once your husband files a complaint any action that the employer takes against your husband may be considered retaliation which is also illegal.
I recommend that you and your husband meet with a local employment attorney as well. Most of the attorneys who do this work will meet with you to assess your situation at little or no cost. So it is worth at least meeting with one to get a sense of your case.
Regardless of whether you hire an attorney your husband should file the complaint that we discussed.
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