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Twitter sued for age discrimination

by on July 16, 2014

Yes I know there is a lot of age related news in the UK this week but this really caught my eye – and yes I was intrigued to know what would happen to the tweet linked to this post!

This story is covered widely in the US press – here in SF weekly (which includes a link to the lawsuit) -and in the UK via the Daily Mail (though this largely relies, as do we, on the US sources but is open to comments providing an interesting perspective of how the story has been received).  Stories of age discrimination in various high tech firms are not new, but we think this is a first for twitter, who strongly deny any wrongdoing and say they will “vigorously defend ourselves against it”, according to most reports.

The premise of the case is a familiar one in age discrimination terms.  Here a 57 year old lost his job, despite apparently good performance and has been reportedly replaced with younger workers.  The reports also suggest the worker received at least one discriminatory comment related to his age.  This is set against broader reporting of concerns regarding ageism in Silicon Valley type industries, including here related to a report on male plastic surgery  It is worth noting that in the US age discrimination legislation relates only to the protection of older workers; specifically it protects certain applicants and employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination” according to the official department of labour website and is thus a different legal context from here in the UK

As with our other posts on age discrimination cases, this obviously has a long way to run and we will watch with interest.

We’ll be back with a more UK focused post tomorrow!


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