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Internet giant Google is under fire for age discrimination

Texas residents who work in the tech industry might have heard the rumors that many companies in the industry prefer to hire younger people. If this is the case, these companies are in violation of federal laws prohibiting age discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been investigating one internet giant -- Google -- due to claims that it is discriminating against older applicants.

The investigation became known recently when a woman joined a lawsuit filed by a man in April 2015 alleging that Google discriminated against him based on his age. The woman was 47-years-old when she applied for a position with Google and was turned down. The man was 60-years-old when he applied and was not given a job. His resume indicated that he had experience at companies such as Compaq, IBM and General Dynamics.

The man's lawsuit cites information received from, indicating that the median age of Google's employees in 2013 was just 29-years-old. Documents also reference another lawsuit filed by an executive at the company who claimed that he was told that his ideas did not matter because they were old. The two individuals involved in the recent federal lawsuit are hoping to gain class action status.

Even in the technology industry, older workers have a lot on invaluable experience and can bring a lot to the table. No one should be denied the opportunity to excel in this field due to his or her age. Texas residents who believe that they were the victims of age discrimination in this or any other field might consider filing a complaint.

Source:, "EEOC investigating Google for age discrimination, lawsuit says", Jessica Guynn, July 7, 2016

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