Federal watchdog for equal employment investigating age discrimination claims at Intel
Following layoffs at Intel that cut over 10,000 workers around the world, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is looking into claims of age discrimination.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news after reviewing documents from the agency.
After the massive cuts in 2016, dozens of former employees of the tech giant contacted lawyers to learn whether or not they could sue, and several filed complaints with the EEOC.
The Journal obtained Intel documents that show in one series of layoffs the median age of the 2,300 workers let go was 49, which was seven years older than the median age of the workers who remained.
Intel had said the cuts were meant to shift the company from one that supplies hardware for PCs to one whose processors power the cloud.
“Factors such as age, race, national origin, gender, immigration status or other personal demographics were not part of the process when we made those decisions,” said an Intel spokesperson in a statement to the Journal.
An EEOC spokesperson said the federal agency is not allowed to confirm or deny whether an investigation is underway.
Layoffs of older employees – who usually have higher salaries – occur in a number of fields. For the tech industry, where workers are often younger and things change quickly, issues concerning age bias have been raised before. ProPublica previously reported the EEOC is also looking into age discrimination complaints against IBM.