Google has settled for $11 million a class action lawsuit involving 227 individuals who claim they were denied employment because of their age. After the lawyers get nearly $3 million for their part, the remaining litigants will garner about $35,000 each.
A judge still must approve the settlement.
Google is not alone on the age discrimination legal front.
ProPublica recently released results of an investigation into the technology industry. Among the findings was that IBM, during a reorganization and downsizing, terminated 20,000 employees in the U.S. over 40 years of age. On Monday, the same day as Google’s announced settlement, a class action lawsuit was filed against the company, alleging age discrimination.
Verizon recently instituted a voluntary separation program. Out of 44,000 employees who were offered the option, 10,400 accepted and, depending on length of service, will receive up to 60 weeks of pay and benefits.
Forbes magazine, however, questioned whether the program was “an attempt to lay off an older generation of workers.”