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Too Old To Earn Big In IT?
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DDURBIN1
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7/7/2014 | 11:43:17 AM
The ADEA field of dreams
Here's a test. Go back to 1999 and take a look at the number of IT professionals 45 years old or older.   Now go to 2010 and tell me how many of those same individuals where still in the IT field.   I'm betting the majority where not and those that still were had career slumps.  This at a time when the labor department predicted high demand and still does.  Beginning in the mid-1990s IBM started firing employees age 50 and up.  These employees (about 50,000) filed a class action lawsuit against IBM.  The case went to the US Supreme Court where they found in favor of IBM.  The judges ruled that as long as all employees 50 and up were being treated the same there was no violation of ADEA.  In 2001 IBM again fired older workers but this time used the age of 40  and up (about 20,000) and again a class action suit was filed and again the Supreme Court found in IBM's favor.  The 1967 ADEA law isn't worth the paper it's printed on according to the Supreme Court.
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7/7/2014 | 11:14:36 AM
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1- The BLS statistics on unemployment are for the general population, not IT. I'd bet the IT rates would be higher at older ages.

2- Age discrimination is rampant but difficult to prove in court short of a smoking gun memo. H.R. departments are always careful to say it's a skills issue, not your age, even if it isn't.
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