Tech industry job ads: Older workers need not apply

DJ Apollo:

Fortune has an article about increasingly overt age discrimination in the tech industry. Quoting: “It’s a widely accepted reality within the technology industry that youth rules. But at least part of the extreme age imbalance can be traced back to advertisements for open positions that government regulators say may illegally discriminate against older applicants. Many tech companies post openings exclusively for new or recent college graduates, a pool of candidates that is overwhelmingly in its early twenties. … ‘In our view, it’s illegal,’ Raymond Peeler, senior attorney advisor at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces workplace discrimination laws said about the use of ‘new grad’ and ‘recent grad’ in job notices. ‘We think it deters older applicants from applying.'” Am I the only one who thinks many of the quality control issues and failed projects in the tech industry can be attributed to age discrimination?

Originally posted on Fortune:

Young tech workers fill office parks and corporate cafeterias across Silicon Valley with few if any grey-haired colleagues in sight. It’s a widely accepted reality within the technology industry that youth rules. But at least part of the extreme age imbalance can be traced back to advertisements for open positions that government regulators say may illegally discriminate against older applicants. Many tech companies post openings exclusively for new or recent college graduates, a pool of candidates that is overwhelmingly in its early twenties.

Apple [fortune-stock symbol="AAPL"], Facebook, Yahoo, Dropbox, and video game maker Electronic Arts all recently listed openings with “new grad” in the title. Some companies say that recent college graduates will also be considered and then go on to specify which graduating classes—2011 or 2012, for instance—are acceptable.

“In our view, it’s illegal,” Raymond Peeler, senior attorney advisor at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces workplace discrimination…

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One comment on “Tech industry job ads: Older workers need not apply

  1. Recent grads of whatever age (and whatever industry) do not command the salaries experienced workers do. Some companies are willing to tolerate the increased failure rate associated with trainees. The thinking is short term gain v. long term loss. The failures will presumably be on someone else’s watch. Younger workers may, also, be groomed for advancement, promoted over workers with twice their experience, and used to assess older workers and their methods. What cannot be taught is judgment.

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