The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating Google over allegations of age discrimination. According to an age discrimination lawsuit filed against Google, the company interviewed a qualified 47-year-old woman, but refused to offer her a job.
Google is facing an additional age discrimination lawsuit filed by an interviewee it allegedly discriminated against in 2011. The qualified 60-year-old software engineer responsible for the lawsuit claims Google did not hire him due to his age.
Although Google has previously released statistics showing diversity among its employees, it has allegedly remained tight-lipped on the ages of its workers. In addition, a survey released by www.payscale.com claims Google workers had an average age of 29 in 2013. Bureau of Labor statistics show the average age of workers nationwide is 42.4. Silicon Valley insiders have argued that tech companies prefer cheaper and younger workers.
The EEOC is investigating Google due to numerous complaints and two lawsuits. There is even speculation that one of the lawsuits could turn into a class action case.
Do Workers Facing Age Discrimination Have Legal Options?
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was passed in 1967 to protect some workers aged 40 and older from being denied employment opportunities. In addition, the law also protects these workers from wrongful termination and other discriminatory actions.
Workers who have experienced age discrimination during the hiring process should compile evidence. Evidence is crucial when filing lawsuits or EEOC complaints. Keep in mind, age discrimination can also occur after the hiring process. Workers experiencing age discrimination may face wrongful termination or harassment. These workers may also have legal options.
The Los Angles employment law attorneys at Kesluk, Silverstein, Jacob & Morrison, P.C. will defend workers who have been affected by age discrimination.