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Tech professional, age 64, accuses Google of age discrimination

The world of technology may be populated by a lot of young people, but the older generation can also be very knowledgeable on the subject. Google users in Texas and elsewhere may be disappointed to hear about the way in which the company is allegedly determining who should be hired. An older gentleman, who applied for a job with the company in 2011, claims that he was the victim of age discrimination.

The 64-year-old man applied to work for the company as a software engineer -- a position for which he claims he was highly qualified. He had a track record of working with well-known companies in the computer industry. He also had master certifications that were considered rare for most information technology professionals.

The plaintiff first had a phone interview, during which he claims he was not asked any questions about his qualifications for the job. The interviewer allegedly did not speak English very well and was using a speaker phone that made the conversation difficult to understand. He also claims the interviewer was not cooperative when he was trying to communicate using Google Docs. The man contacted personnel at Google to tell them about the poor experience he had and was told that the interviewer did not follow the proper code of conduct. He was later contacted and told that he would not be moving forward in the interview process.

According to his complaint, Google never wanted to hire him, and it was commonplace for the company to discriminate against applicants who were over the age of 40. A representative of Google stated that the age discrimination claims against the company are false. In this claim, he is asking for monetary damages and for his case to be given class action status.  Texas job seekers who feel they were passed over for positions based upon legally protected statuses have the right to pursue claims through the civil court system.

Source:, "Google Accused of Age Discrimination", Maria Dinzeo, April 24, 2015

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