Fired University IT Workers to File Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted by Megalith 1:40 PM (CDT)

Saturday April 29, 2017

The University of California had to have seen this coming, right? The institution fired 50 full-time tech workers and eliminated 30 contractor positions so they could be replaced with offshore labor, but the ex-employees are fighting back with a lawsuit that alleges age discrimination, as an entire age group is being replaced with a much younger one. Also argued is that the new hires fail to represent the state’s diversity in any way.

Replacing IT workers with offshore labor is common in the private sector, but almost unheard of at a state-supported, public institution. "To take a workforce that is overwhelmingly over the age of 40 and replace them with folks who are mainly in their 20s -- early 20s, in fact -- we think is age discrimination," said the IT employees' attorney, Randall Strauss, of Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer. The national origin discrimination claim is the result of taking a workforce "that reflects the diversity of California" and is summarily let go and is "replaced with people who come from one particular part of the world," said Strauss.