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Google age discrimination complaint adds another plaintiff

For some Texas readers, getting a job at Google could be a dream job, but getting one with the Internet giant may not be so easy for people who are over 40. A new plaintiff has recently been added to a past age discrimination lawsuit that represented a 60-year-old man who believes that he was denied a job due to his age. The complaint further alleges that the EEOC is conducting an investigation into the proposed claims.

The newest plaintiff claims that she was able to get interviews for jobs at Google, but she could never get past the in-person interviews despite her qualifications. The woman has extensive programming knowledge and holds multiple degrees. She was contacted in 2007 by a recruiter from Google to be possibly hired for one of two positions.

The plaintiff went through multiple phone interviews that ultimately led to an in-person interview at Google headquarters. She was not hired for those positions, but she was contacted again three years later by a different recruiter who stated that the plaintiff's past interview scores made her a good candidate for another position. Once again, she did not receive the job. She was interviewed again in 2011 and 2013, each time going through phone interviews that led to in-person interviews. Across the seven year time span, she was never offered a job.

Although the plaintiff had the qualifications for the jobs for which she applied, she believes that it was her age that held her back. According to the lawsuit, the vast majority of workers at Google are under 40. Google maintains that the claims are baseless and that it intends to defend itself against the age discrimination allegations. It is against state and federal laws for employers to make hiring decisions based upon age. Texas applicants who feel that they were qualified for positions but were turned down based on any protected status may elect to file claims against the potential employers.

Source: computerworld.com, "Woman recruited by Google four times and rejected, joins suit", Patrick Thibodeau, July 21, 2015

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