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Google resolves the age-old demands of job seekers

Google agreed to pay $ 11 million to end the lawsuit accusing the internet giant of discriminating against older job applicants, an agreement that resulted in an average payment of more than $ 35,000 for 227 people joining in class action.

The settlement also requires the Alphabet Inc. unit to train employees and managers about age bias, to create committees that focus on the diversity of ages in recruiting and to ensure that complaints are adequately investigated.

Lawyers for companies and lawyers representing more than 40 job seekers who sued to submit a final settlement proposal on Friday to a federal judge in San Jose, California. The lawyer will collect about $ 2.75 million from the agreement.

This case was brought by a woman who claimed she was interviewed by Google four times over seven years and was never offered a job even though she had "very relevant qualifications and programming experience" because of her age. Cheryl Fillekes accused the company of "systematic patterns and discriminatory practices" against parents.

"Age discrimination is a problem that needs to be addressed in the technology industry, and we are very happy that we can get a fair solution for our clients in this case," Daniel Low, a lawyer for Fillekes, said in an e-mail.

Google denied the allegations, saying that Fillekes and other job seekers he cited as examples showed no technical talent needed for the job, even though they were found by staff interviewers as "Googley" enough to be suitable for the company.

The company said it still denied that they deliberately discriminated against Fillekes, or other plaintiffs, because of their age. It is said to have a strong policy towards discrimination, including age discrimination.

The case is Heath v. Google Inc., 15-cv-01824, U.S. District Court, Northern California District (San Jose).

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