Is Discrimination Prevalent Against Older Tech Employees?

Source: KQED Radio — Forum with Michael Krasny (August 22, 2013)

Many of the Bay Area’s tech companies are populated by young employees in their 20s and 30s. “Young people are just smarter,” Mark Zuckerberg said back in 2007, noting they have “simpler lives,” without having to spend time on partners or kids. Now job applicants in their 50s and 60s are reporting that they color gray hairs, wear Converse sneakers, and get cosmetic surgery to compete with a younger work force. Is age discrimination a real problem in the Bay Area tech world?

[Audio: 52 minutes]

Host: Michael Krasny

  • Cliff Palefsky, attorney at McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky, who represents workers who have been terminated or passed over for promotions in age discrimination cases
  • Connie Brock, career advisor and facilitator at ProMatch, a networking program for job-seeking professionals [NOVA staff]
  • David Burstein, author of “Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World”
  • Maggie Popplewell, project manager and electronic data interchange expert
  • Norman Matloff, professor of computer science at UC Davis
  • Suzie Wong, analytics talent acquisition sourcer for eBay; and former marketing manager at HP