IBM Age Discrimination
On March 22, 2018, a team from ProPublica published an investigative story on age discrimination at IBM.
Peter Gosselin and Ariana Tobin walk readers through a nightmare scenario at one of the world’s largest technology companies: systematic age discrimination. The article details experiences from numerous former IBM employees who believe they were fired from IBM because of their age—in direct contradiction to Federal Employment Laws.
ProPublica details that IBM has eliminated more than 20,000 American employees aged 40 and over within the last five years. That’s 60% of IBM’s U.S. workforce.
ProPublica lists some of its most alarming findings about how IBM:
- Denied older workers information the law says they need in order to decide whether they’ve been victims of age bias and required them to sign away the right to go to court or join with others to seek redress.
- Targeted people for layoffs and firings with techniques that tilted against older workers, even when the company rated them high performers. In some instances, the money saved from the departures went toward hiring young replacements.
- Converted job cuts into retirements and took steps to boost resignations and firings. The moves reduced the number of employees counted as layoffs, where high numbers can trigger public disclosure requirements.
- Encouraged employees targeted for layoff to apply for other IBM positions, while quietly advising managers not to hire them and requiring many of the workers to train their replacements.
- Told some older employees being laid off that their skills were out of date, but then brought them back as contract workers, often for the same work at lower pay and fewer benefits.
The authors chronicle their journey from a simple advertisement to a hurtful truth: IBM systematically removed older employees, replacing them with younger employees who were less-experienced and lower-paid. The authors advertised “Over 50 and looking for a job? We’d like to hear from you.” This began a series of conversations with individuals mentioning IBM, leading the authors to focus their story on the tech giant.
If you or someone you know is a victim of IBM’s age discrimination, contact the attorneys at Nabers Law Firm, who can help you evaluate a potential case against IBM.
Age Discrimination Laws
Federal Age Discrimination Laws
Workers in the United States are protected by The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) (29 U.S.C. § 621), which prohibits discrimination against certain employees 40 years of age or older based on age alone. The Act prohibits age discrimination in hiring, firing, promoting, and compensating workers. Your individual state might have more protections as well.
Federal age discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a government agency that protects workers against workplace discrimination. In 2017 alone, more than 18,000 age discrimination charges were filed by the EEOC. In the past five years, that number grows to more than 100,000. These numbers do not include age discrimination charges filed with state of local agencies.
The EEOC has settled more than $450 million in age discrimination charges in the last five years. This number does not include the amounts the employees themselves settled through litigation.
Texas Age Discrimination Laws
Workers in Texas are further protected from age discrimination by Section 21.051 of the Texas Labor Code. The Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission oversees the Texas workface and enforces employment laws in Texas.
As ProPublica highlights, it has become increasingly difficult to fight against age discrimination in the U.S. This sad development erodes an essential workplace protection: that you will not be fired when you age. This shift in the law should not deter individuals from pursuing their legal rights to enforce the protections Congress implemented in numerous federal laws.
Age discrimination at IBM is not only news-worthy; it is illegal. The attorneys at Nabers Law Firm are devoted to making IBM answer for its illegal and unethical conduct. Nabers Law Firm is dedicated to making large companies answer for their actions. If you or someone you know has been wrongfully terminated from IBM due to illegal age discrimination, contact the attorneys at Nabers Law Firm.
Frequently Asked Questions
I think IBM fired me due to age discrimination. What should I do?
Call the attorneys at Nabers Law Firm for a free evaluation of your potential age discrimination case. We can assist you in determining your rights, seeking compensation, and filing a claim against your former employers who might be at fault.
What are my rights as a former employee?
You may have the right to file a lawsuit against your former employer, depending upon your employment and/or termination agreement(s). You also have the right to file a complaint with the federal and state boards that govern age discrimination.
How much will it cost to talk to an attorney?
Nothing. Nabers Law Firm offers a free case evaluation, with no cost to you.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
The statute of limitations varies by state. As time is always an important factor in filing a lawsuit, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine whether or not you have an age discrimination case.
Why should I choose Nabers Law Firm?
The attorneys at Nabers Law Firm have over 25 years’ experience representing individuals against some of the largest companies in the U.S. This expertise provides the best support for victims of age discrimination.
More Information on IBM Age Discrimination
- Cutting ‘Old Heads” at IBM
- How the Crowd Led Us to Investigate IBM
- IBM reportedly targeted older workers in layoffs affecting tens of thousands
- IBM breaks law by allegedly firing older workers for younger ones, report says
- IBM Pushed Out Older Works In Favor of ‘Thrifty, Authentic’ Millenials: Report
- IBM is facing allegations of rampant age discrimination
- IBM Hit With Massive Age Discrimination Charges, Undermining CEO Rometty
- Eroding Protection Under the Law
- Things Employers Wish They Had Never Said
- AARP Information on Age Discrimination