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Ex-IBM workers pursue age discrimination case

Three ex-employees of IBM have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that they were terminated as a result of their ages. The three workers, who are either in their 50s or 60s say that IBM has systematically terminated in excess of 20,000 employees age 40 and over. They allege that this was done to replace them with a younger workforce over the past six years.

The lawsuit filed on Sept. 18 claims that IBM's discriminatory firings of older workers have been purposeful and systematic. A human resources expert stated that the practice of pushing out older workers in favor of younger ones is a rampant problem in the technology industry.

Fortunately, age discrimination — when backed by solid evidence — is easier to prove in court than other forms of discrimination. All that is required is a list of people who were terminated and their ages.

If age discrimination occurred routinely in a large company like IBM, the list of fired workers will show the pattern. According to a ProPublica report, in the case of IBM, 60 percent of its fired workers during the last six years were 40 or older.

If you believe that you lost your job because of age discrimination, you should gather evidence to present your claims in court. You may also want to reach out to a qualified California age discrimination attorney to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your potential lawsuit. If successfully navigated, an age discrimination lawsuit might help a worker get reinstated in his or her former job or provide the worker with financial compensation for lost pay and other damages.

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