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24 Nov 2016

John Schwartz, USA Today

USA: 90 age discrimination lawsuits filed against Silicon Valley tech companies since 2012

"90 age-discrimination suits reflect growing issue for tech", 22 Nov 2016

Tech’s graying workforce is increasingly voicing its displeasure about ageism – in court.  Since 2012, 90 age-related lawsuits have been filed against a dozen top tech companies in Silicon Valley...The suits were filed in California, where the companies are based and a vast majority of their employees are located.  With 28 such suits since May 2013, Hewlett-Packard is most likely to spend the most time in court.  Cisco Systems is named as defendant in 11 suits, followed by Apple (9), Google (8), and Oracle (7) and Genentech (7).  Yahoo, Intel, LinkedIn, Facebook, Tesla Motors and Twitter were also sued. Most claim wrongful termination, while a smattering cited hiring or promotion...Legal experts and employees say a confluence of factors have deepened the problem: an aging workforce of people who want to, and have to, work longer; a spike in mergers and restructurings that have led companies to shed tens of thousands of workers; and evolving skill sets that have marginalized some workers and put a premium on others...The spate of suits are a reminder that Silicon Valley's tendency to celebrate youth and newness can also veer into charges of discrimination based on age.  It's a problem that could deepen as companies pursue M&A activity and spin-offs...