Two new developments in the continuing legal saga of Google, Inc. a company that apparently thought it was too big to be held accountable.
U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman ruled last month that plaintiffs who filed an age discrimination collective action against Google can amend their complaint and add a new claim of disparate impact. This claim alleges Google has adopted seemingly neutral policy that disproportionately affects older workers. It could significantly broaden the potential for damages.
This blog complained that Google in 2014 made a public commitment to increase race and gender diversity in its workforce, and released workforce statistics relating to those characteristics. But Google was completely silent with respect to age and did not release age-related statistics. Apparently, it did not feel that age was an important diversity issue? Continue reading “Momentum Builds in Google Age/Sex Discrimination Cases”
Silicon Valley has been an unapologetic apartheid state for young workers for years but this could be about to change.
A class action age discrimination lawsuit was filed against Google, Inc. on April 22 by software engineer Robert Heath who was interviewed but not hired for a position at Google in 2011 when he was 60-years-of-age. The lawsuit alleges Google has demonstrated a pattern and practice of violating the Age Discrimination in Employment and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
According to the lawsuit, Google’s workforce is “grossly disproportionate” with respect to age. The lawsuit asserts the median age of the 28,000 employees who worked for Google in 2013 was 29. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Labor reports the median age for computer programmers in the United States is 42.8 and the median age for software developers is 40.6. According to the lawsuit, Google had 53,000 employees in 2014 and revenues of approximately $66 billion.
Google’s position with respect to age discrimination is completely inexplicable. The company last year made a public commitment to increase race and gender diversity in its workforce, and released workforce statistics relating to those characteristics. But Google was completely silent with respect to age and did not release age-related statistics. It was as if Google’s position was that age is not a factor in workforce diversity.