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Google accused of employment discrimination based on age

Technology is a competitive industry and people of various ages can be qualified to perform the essential functions of those jobs. A Florida man claims that when he applied to work at Google he was turned down based on employment discrimination due his age. Data compiled on the company demonstrated that from 2007 to 2013, the company grew exponentially, yet the average age of the its workers was only 29 as compared to the average technology worker across the United States being 43.

According to the complaint, Google was looking for engineering staff who had experience using Java and C/C++. A Google recruiter reached out to the plaintiff and allegedly told him that he could be a great fit for the company. The first step was a phone interview, which the man believed was not handled professionally. The interviewer, who did not speak English very well, allegedly refused to use the phone's headset and used the speaker phone instead, making it hard for the plaintiff to understand so that he had to keep asking for things to be repeated and clarified.

The struggles during the interview allegedly continued when the plaintiff was asked to write a short program that would answer the interviewer's question. After the plaintiff was finished writing the program, he wanted to submit his answer through an email or Google Docs, but he was allegedly told that he had to read the code over the phone. The plaintiff asserts that the interviewer did not understand what he was saying as it is difficult to convey coding over the phone, and, ultimately, the interview did not go well.

Despite his qualifications, which the plaintiff believed to be more than adequate, he was not hired. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission gave the plaintiff a notice of a right to sue. Google denies the employment discrimination claims. Similarly-situated Florida applicants who feel that they have been discriminated against due to age or any other protected status have the right to take legal action. If the claims are successfully presented, they may be awarded monetary damages as well as any other financial relief awarded by a civil court.

Source: computerworld.com, "Median age at Google is 29, says age discrimination lawsuit", Patrick Thibodeau, April 23, 2015

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