Google is one of the most well known tech companies in the world. It is an industry leader that sets the bar when it comes to internet, software and technology solutions and products. However, according to recent claims by former employees, Google may be setting the bar in less impressive ways as well.
According to recent lawsuits filed by former employees, Google is accused of engaging in age discrimination. The complaints have now led to an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Reports indicate that Google has been accused of not hiring people whom it considers old. In at least two cases, people have filed lawsuits based on allegations that they were denied employment because of their age. In both cases, the plaintiffs claim that they were experienced and well suited for the jobs for which they were seeking at Google, but were turned down. One worker was 60 and the other was 47; the median age of employees at Google is reportedly 29.
Google is hardly alone when it comes to tech-focused companies and allegations of age discrimination, unfortunately. Silicon Valley-based companies thrive on bringing fresh, new ideas and solutions to the market, but this goal can lead to employment decisions that favor a person's young age rather than his or her qualifications.
Whether you want to work at a young, startup company or have been at the same company for 30 years and are looking for a promotion, you need to know that it is illegal for companies to treat a person unfavorably because of his or her age. Discriminating against people for reasons like their age, sex, religion or other protected characteristic can be grounds for a legal claim and civil remedies.
However, supporting an age discrimination claim and taking legal action can be complicated if you are not familiar with employee rights laws and the legal system. This is why it can be so important to consult an attorney if you feel you have been mistreated on the job, denied employment or wrongfully terminated because of your age.