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Intel accused of discriminating against older workers

Florida residents who follow developments in the technology sector may be aware that Intel laid off 15,000 workers in 2016. The California-based semiconductor manufacturer said that the jobs were eliminated to help the company focus more on growing sectors like artificial intelligence and mobile communications, but questions have been raised about how the company decided which workers to let go. Intel has been accused of age discrimination since the early 1990s, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is apparently now investigating the 2016 layoffs to determine whether or not older workers were treated unfairly.

According to reports, Intel workers over the age of 40 were twice as likely to be laid off as their younger colleagues, and workers over 60 years of age were even more likely to lose their jobs. A smaller layoff of Intel workers in 2015 is said to have been implemented in a similar way. Documents published online suggest that the EEOC began its investigation into alleged age discrimination at Intel in November 2016.

In a May 25 statement, Intel claimed that its layoff decisions were based entirely on the skills workers possessed and how those skills fitted in with the company's future plans. The EEOC does not reveal the details of ongoing cases and would not confirm that Intel was being investigated.

Attorneys with experience in employment discrimination cases may check court records carefully when representing workers who have been harassed or treated unfairly on the job. These cases are often costly to litigate and can severely damage corporate reputations, and attorneys may use a history of similar behavior to encourage companies to settle them quickly.

Source: Oregon Live, "Intel under investigation for alleged age discrimination", Mike Rogoway, May 25, 2018

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