Google Settles Age Descrimination Lawsuit

Long-time Slashdot reader sfcat quotes Forbes:
Almost a decade ago, courts sounded a clear warning bell that Google’s culture was tainted by illegal and pervasive age discrimination. Inexplicably, Google didn’t listen.

And so the Los Angeles Times recently reported that Google has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging Google engaged in a systemic practice of discriminating on the basis of age in hiring. Some 227 plaintiffs will collect an average of $35,000 each.

Google actually agreed to settle the case in December but the final settlement agreement was presented to a federal judge on Friday. The lawsuit was filed by Cheryl Fillekes, a software engineer who was interviewed by Google four times from 2007 to 2014, starting when she was 47, but was never hired.

The lawsuit alleged Google hired younger workers based on “cultural fit.”

In the settlement Google also agrees to train its managers about age bias and create an “age diversity in recruiting” committee. Forbes points out that the median age for all Google employees in 2017 was 30, “a decade younger than the median age of U.S. workers.”

“On its web page, Google says its mission is to ‘organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’ But for some reason Google has failed as a company to organize and use the information that age discrimination is illegal.”

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