Linked – Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM
The article is quite fascinating. This seems to be something we’re hearing a lot more about when it comes to tech companies, and frankly, none of it really surprises me.
“Age discrimination is an open secret like sexual harassment was until recently,” said Victoria Lipnic, the acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, the independent federal agency that administers the nation’s workplace anti-discrimination laws.
“Everybody knows it’s happening, but often these cases are difficult to prove” because courts have weakened the law, Lipnic said. “The fact remains it’s an unfair and illegal way to treat people that can be economically devastating.”
Go read the examples given and think about how often these kinds of things happen in tech companies, large and small. It’s interesting to think about how the tech world seems to be biased toward younger, and cheaper, workers. Don’t for a second think that those two things are unrelated, either.
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