USA: Ex-employees launch class-action lawsuit against IBM for alleged age discrimination

Author: Julie Bort, Business Insider, Published on: 2 April 2019

"Another group of older ex-employees are suing IBM alleging it targeted older workers for layoffs", 27 Mar 2019

Four former IBM employees have sued IBM, and they've hired a class-action law firm famous for winning big cases. They are alleging that IBM engaged in a "massive scheme to cover up discriminatory layoff of over 20,000 older workers in knowing violation of disclosure requirements."...

IBM says it isn't worried about the lawsuit. "The plaintiff's theories have been rejected by courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. We are confident that our arbitration clauses are legal and appropriate," an IBM spokesperson tells Business Insider...

The fact that IBM has been laying off thousands of workers for years without disclosing the size of its layoffs, while hiring thousands of others, has been well documented...

Ultimately, between the suit filed in arbitration and the one filed in court, this lawsuit seeks damages for what its plaintiffs say were age-discrimination practices.

"I did my job very well and received glowing remarks on my annual evaluations for 33 years," said one of the plaintiffs, Cheryl Witmer, in the law firm's press release. Witmer says she was laid off in 2016 at age 57. "Suddenly in my 34th year, I was unfairly downgraded in my annual evaluation. Nothing about my work changed; what changed is that IBM decided to replace me with a much younger worker."...

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