USA: Ex-employee files lawsuit against IBM alleging age discrimination in co's hiring practices

Author: Ray Gronberg, News Observer (USA), Published on: 5 June 2018

"Millennials in, Boomers out? Lawsuit against IBM claims age discrimination in hiring.", 4 June 2018

The long-time rumblings about age discrimination at IBM have finally produced a lawsuit.  A 60-year-old Texas man alleges in a suit filed May 25 that he was improperly laid off amid the company's push to hire millennials.  Jonathan Langley, a former salesman in IBM's Hybrid Cloud unit, alleges the company sent him packing after a 24-year career that consistently "met or exceeded" the company's performance expectations.  He also claims the company lied to investigators from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about the reasons for his dismissal.  The reality is if he had "been younger, and especially if he had been a Millennial, IBM would not have fired him," the federal lawsuit says...According to the report [ProPublica/Mother Jones report], IBM had “ousted an estimated 20,000 U.S. employees ages 40 and over since 2014, about 60 percent of its American job cuts during those years."...IBM...has gone through multiple rounds of layoffs in recent years...IBM says it has done nothing wrong.  "IBM complies with all applicable laws, and we will defend this case vigorously," company spokesman Doug Shelton said...The situation has led to complaints to the EEOC [U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission], which appears to be taking an interest the matter...[L]awsuits are complicated by severance agreements that call for the use of arbitration to resolve age-discrimination claims...

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