Supreme Court Rules Google Age-Bias Lawsuit To Go Forward
August 5, 2010
California (ChattahBox) – The Supreme Court has ruled that the 2004 case of ageism filed by a former employee of Google who says he was fired for being “too old to matter” is to go forward.
Brian Reid was working for the California-based Internet giant when he was told my a supervisor that he was being fired. When he asked why, he was told that it was because he was “too old to matter”, a comment that was echoed by others within the company before he left.
He also says that CEO Eric Schmidt sent out an email asking for proposals to get rid of him, and that he was commonly spoken about behind his back, and referred to as the “old man”.
Reid is well known int he technological community for creating the first firewall, which has produced a revolution in Internet security. He is also the original creator of Alta Vista, which most of us will know for extension Babelfish, a language translation program.
“Brian Reid was not laid off based on his age,” Google spokesman Andrew Pederson was quoted by Business Week.
“The Supreme Court today simply upheld the lower court’s decision that the case should not be dismissed without a trial. We look forward to demonstrating in court the legitimate, nondiscriminatory reasons why Mr. Reid was let go.”
The case was originally dismissed in 2007, and that decision has now been overturned.