Technology start-ups are infamous for choosing to employ younger workers, generally below 30, who apparently want to work longer hours than the traditional 40-hour week. This type of ageism is not limited to start-ups anymore– Hewlett-Packard is one of the big company examples.
Four ex-employees filed a lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard and HP. They accused the giant tech companies of firing them and giving their jobs to younger workers. The companies even had a system to encourage this sort of practice.
The employees, associated in a class-action status complained about being targeted for layoffs because of their age, as all of them were over 40 when they were fired.
The evidence cited is a 2012 declaration by HP which stated that the company wants to “reshape and recalibrate” the labor force to include more 20 somethings.
Although some may say that there is a weak connection between the declaration and the facts, others say that HP went out of its way to let younger workers in and neglected more experienced workers.
This is where their mention of “recalibration” could work against them. Of course, most agree that entrepreneurs have to make some room for the young and some may even say it’s alright to look for newer skills, like social media or digital design.
Both companies are going to build a defense for themselves against the charges. But the fact is many companies preach fairness while operating with completely different mindsets.
Cisco and IBM are just a few of those examples. An important question is if birthdate should matter that much when it comes to a good understanding of customers, a diverse work environment or even a safer legal approach. Diversity looks like a wiser choice.
The lawsuit was filed on August the 18th in San Jose, California. It shows violations of federal and California laws and ultimately seeks class action on behalf of fired workers. The two companies appeared following the breaking up of Hewlett-Packard, last autumn.
Hewlett-Packard appeared on the market in 1939. In October 2015, it had 287,000 employees. Most of them went on to work for HP Enterprise. The newly formed company sells data storage, servers, and software, all aimed at corporations.
Less than 20 percent of employees transferred to HP. This company sells PCs, printers, and supplies.
Hewlett-Packard is an IT company, headquartered in Palo Alto, California. In 2006, the company cashed in 91,7 billion dollars, compared to 91,4 billion dollars for IBM. Hewlett Packard has since become the largest global technology provider. This means that Hewlett-Packard is the first IT company in history to report income bigger than 100 billion dollars.
HP is the largest PC seller in the world, outdoing rival Dell. HP is also the fifth largest software producing company.
In 2010, HP had 32.6 percent of the world server market.
A spokesman for Hewlett-Packard has stated that the company values equal employment, even in relation to workers’ ages. They say that their decision to fire part of the team has been tough. The company also believes that the decision was based on factors other than age.
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