IBM Under Scrutiny for Age Bias in Layoffs

IBM, one of the largest employers in the planet, is paying closer attention to its own layoffs these days.

With more than 380,000 workers globally, it was a touchy issue when the company announced 10,000 layoffs in January.

While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking into IBM’s numbers, company lawyers might want to double their own.

‘Cutting Old Head Heads’

In a story titled”Cutting Old Heads at IBM,” ProPublica reported that the company targeted workers ages 40 and older. IBM did it, the non-profit publication said, in spite of the fact that older employees had improved performance reviews.

“In making these cuts, IBM has flouted or outflanked U.S. legislation and regulations intended to protect later-career employees from age discrimination,” Peter Gosselin and Ariana Tobin wrote for the watchdog ezine.

David Lopez, former general counsel for the EEOC, states it’s a serious problem for IBM.

“Whenever you find the EEOC pulling cases and sending them to investigations, you know they’re taking matters seriously,” he said. “I guess IBM’s treatment of its later-career workers and older applicants is going to get a comprehensive vetting.”

More Layoffs

IBM has denied the allegations, but also continues with layoffs. Employees are told in the USA and other countries that they’ll soon lose their jobs.

In March, the company said it might make cuts in various important locations. On social media this week, workers said 40 employees were let go at a Cleveland place.

The company says the recent layoffs are a part of”ability balancing” to accelerate cognitive computing, societal, cellular and security services.