A 64-year-old Florida tech worker has filed an age-discrimination lawsuit against Google, claiming the search giant didn’t hire him after a job interview because of his age.
In his complaint, Robert Heath states that Google unfairly dismissed his application for a software engineering role in 2011 when he was 60 years old despite his work experience at IBM, Compaq, and General Dynamics.
The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, also states that Google’s decision to not hire the 64-year-old was based on a brief phone interview.
This is despite informing Heath by email that the company was “embarking on its largest recruiting/hiring campaign in its history,” and “you would be a great candidate to come work at Google.”
Heath is represented by the law firm Kotchen & Low and is seeking a class-action case on behalf of job applicants 40 years and older who were not recruited by the Internet search company.
“There are very qualified older tech workers who are out of work. We had to do something about it,” Heath explained.
A Google spokeswoman said: “We believe that the facts will show that this case is without merit and we intend to defend ourselves vigorously.”
A survey of employees of different companies by Payscale.com, a workforce information website, is cited within the lawsuit. It reveals that Google had a median age of 29 in 2013, while the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the median age for computer programmers was 43 years.
Heath is not the first individual to raise concerns about Google’s age discrimination. His lawsuit cites an earlier case, Reid vs. Google, in which the search giants former Executive, Brian Reid, said he was referred to as an “old fuddy duddy” at the firm.
Reid also stated that his ideas were deemed as “too old to matter” but the 2007 case was eventually settled for undisclosed damages.