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Age discrimination alleged at Google, other tech companies

Workers in Texas technology companies who are older may be more likely to face age discrimination on the job than workers in other industries. Google is facing an age discrimination lawsuit that has been joined by 269 people, and it is not the first time the company has been sued for this. In 2004, it settled a case out of court. The company claims that it has policies in place to protect against age discrimination, but a judge said that this was not enough to protect it from a lawuit.

In 2013, the AARP conducted a survey that found about 66 percent of older tech workers reported witnessing or experiencing workplace age discrimination. One recruitment platform said that tech workers reported when they reached the age of 45, their salaries tended to level off while their job offers decreased.

An AARP attorney said that there were stories of companies promoting their workforce as being young while disparaging older workers. In 2016, a former Hewlett-Packard employee filed a lawsuit alleging the company had acted unfairly in its efforts to become a more youthful company. It has been reported that at the end of 2016, the median age of Facebook and Google workers was 29.

Accusations of age discrimination and other types of workplace discrimination can be complex. For example, a company might have a genuine issue with an employee's performance and then find itself the focus of a lawsuit after terminating that worker. On the other hand, an employee facing workplace discrimination might be fired for alleged performance issues when the employee's performance has not been poor. Employees and employers who are involved in allegations of workplace discrimination might want to talk to an attorney about their rights and how to proceed.

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