Age Discrimination in the Workplace: Learning from Google’s Experience


This case study examines age discrimination in the American workplace, and reviews two examples of age discrimination cases filed against Google since 2007 to illustrate this concern in organizational practices. The two different court cases presented show different aspects of plaintiffs’ allegations of age discrimination. The 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the associated legal implications for employment decisions involving aging workers are presented. Both the challenges and issues related to potential age discrimination in an organization are reviewed, and organizational solutions to avoid age discrimination and ensure fair employment practices for qualified older workers are suggested.

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