IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

www.theregister.co.uk | 7/17/2017 | Staff
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A former senior executive at IBM has claimed she was ordered to lie to the US government about just how many older workers Big Blue was laying off.

And she says she was fired after pointing out that the aging biz was breaking age discrimination laws by primarily firing post-50 staff.

Allegations - Affidavit - Thursday - Southern - District

The shocking allegations are found in an affidavit filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York by Catherine Rodgers, formerly IBM's vice president in its Global Engagement Office. She claims her superiors directed her to hide information about staff leaving from the US Department of Labor.

Describing the circumstances under which she was terminated after nearly four decades with IBM, Rodgers said she believes she was fired for raising concerns that IBM was engaged in systematic age discrimination against employees over the age of 40.

Lawsuit - Rusis - V - IBM - September

The lawsuit, Rusis et al v. IBM, was filed in September 2018. Along with similar age discrimination claims brought against IBM in California and Texas, it followed a March 2018 report from ProPublica and Mother Jones that said the global IT biz over the past few years engaged in a systematic campaign to get rid of older workers. According to the exposé, about 60 per cent of the 20,000 people laid off over a five year period were over 40.

Rodgers is not a plaintiff in the New York case, however, but has one of her own. In an email to The Register, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, Shannon Liss-Riordan, a partner at Lichten & Liss-Riordan, PC, in Boston, explained Rodgers has a separate claim that will be filed against IBM alleging age discrimination and retaliation.

Number - Ex-IBMers - IT - Giant - Discrimination

She will join a growing number of ex-IBMers suing the IT giant over alleged discrimination, including cloud sales lead Jonathan Langley and mainframe industry veteran Terry Keebaugh.

Rodgers, who was 62 when fired on...
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