July 13, 2016
A lawsuit has been filed against the OEM alleging age discrimination.
Don Delaney, from San Diego, filed the lawsuit this July, reported The San Diego Union-Tribune. After being laid off from the company’s offices in Palo Alto in January 2015, the 70-year-old consultant, who had worked there for 16 years, felt that there was evidence of age discrimination practices.
Delaney’s job loss was part of a ‘workforce reduction plan” said the report, and more than 85 percent of the 2,076 employees fired were over 40 years old, which under US laws goes against the “protected class under employment discrimination laws”. The lawsuit said that “this is particularly severe considering the median age of employees working at HP is under age 40”.
Jeffrey Hogue, Delaney’s lawyer, commented that his client had “applied for 25 positions at HP and is currently looking for other jobs”, but that this is an uphill struggle, and that “it’s going to be hard for an employer to hire a 70-year-old worker. I hate to say it, but it’s just not practical for older employees to re-enter the workforce after losing a job”.
There is a “growing body of litigation alleging age discrimination” in the US at present, the report said, and Google and Facebook have both “settled age discrimination lawsuits in the past three years”. HP Inc’s layoffs, which began in 2012, saw 27,000 jobs cut, saving the company $3 billion to $3.5 billion (€2.7 billion to €3.1 billion) a year. The company declined to comment on the allegations.
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