According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has been accused of age discrimination in a federal class action lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed by a 64-year-old tech worker in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, claims that Google dismissed the man’s application for a software engineering job in 2011, even though he had working experience at IBM, Compaq and General Dynamics.
Robert Heath claims in his lawsuit that Google decided not to hire him based on a phone interview even though it told him through an email that it was “embarking on its largest recruiting / hiring campaign in its history,” and “you would be a great candidate to come work at Google.”
The lawsuit seeks damages for job applicants 40 and older who were not hired by Google. The lawsuit claims that Google had a median worker age of 29 in 2013 despite the U.S. Department of Labor reporting that the average age for a computer programmer that year was 43.
Need to Speak to Someone About Age Discrimination?
In January, on our labor site, we wrote a newsletter about how age is becoming an increasingly common cause of workplace discrimination. At the time, we reported how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recorded 21,396 age discrimination claims nationwide in 2013, an increase of about 5,000 from 15 years earlier.
Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), older Americans are protected from forms of discrimination occurring on the job, including instances that may take place during the hiring, promotions and training process.
If your rights have been violated, you should contact an attorney about potentially pursuing litigation. You may be able to file a lawsuit individually, or you may be able to join class action case if other employees have been affected. Connect with us on Facebook for more information about age discrimination.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys