Google age-discrimination lawsuit may become a monster

Just over a year ago, two job applicants filed a lawsuit against Google. They claimed they were rejected because of their age. Both were over 40.

A federal court in San Jose, Calif., is now being asked to decide whether many others who sought jobs at Google and were also rejected can join this case.

On Wednesday, a motion for conditional certification of collective action status was filed. This motion, similar to a class action, seeks to include “all individuals who interviewed in-person for any software engineer, site reliability engineer, or systems engineer position with Google in the United States during the time period from August 13, 2010 through the present; were age 40 or older at the time of the interview; and were refused employment by Google.”

A large number of people may be eligible. Google reportedly gets more than 2 million job applications a year, but it’s not known how many applicants receive an in-person interview.