The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 43 was the median age for computer programmers in 2015. These are nationwide statistics that include Florida. In contrast, it has been said that, in 2013, the median age of Google employees was 29. This information relates to an employment discrimination lawsuit that was filed against Google last year, alleging age discrimination.
A man who failed to secure a job with Google -- despite being adequately qualified and experienced -- sued the Silicon Valley heavyweight last year. The alleged discrimination took place in 2011 when the plaintiff was 60 years old. A motion for collective action status was recently filed to allow other unsuccessful applicants over the age of 40 to join the lawsuit. This will include all individuals age 40 or older at the time of personal interviews for programming and software-related jobs with Google who failed to secure employment. The dateline stretches from August 13, 2010 to the present.
Another person who had already joined the suit alleges Google invited her for four separate personal interviews that were all unsuccessful. This despite her computational geophysics doctoral degree and record of postdoctoral work done at Harvard. She was in her 50s when the alleged discrimination took place.
If this motion is approved by the court, Google may be ordered to provide the details of all applicants that would be eligible to join the lawsuit. No worker in Florida should be turned away by any company based on the applicant's age. Victims of such employment discrimination may benefit from the help of an experienced employment law attorney who can fight for the rights of the client and work on obtaining a fair outcome.
Source: foxnews.com, "Google age-discrimination lawsuit could grow", James Rogers, June 30, 2016