IBM Sued for Age Discrimination After Thousands of Older Workers Laid Off
USA Today reports that a class-action lawsuit was filed Monday against IBM on behalf of three former employees alleging age discrimination.
Reporter Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy explains: “The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs are among thousands of IBM employees to be laid off recently as the result of a shift in IBM’s focus to recruit millennials ‘in order to make the face of IBM younger, while at the same time pushing out older employees.'”
“IBM has discriminated, and continues to discriminate, against its older workers, both by laying them off disproportionately to younger workers and by not hiring them for open positions,” the lawsuit alleges.
The three name plaintiffs are 55, 59 and 67, and have worked for IBM for periods ranging from 15 to 34 years.