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Google Pays $11 Million to Settle Age Discrimination Claims


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Google will pay $11 million to settle the claims of 227 people who say they were unfairly denied jobs because of their age, according to Friday court filings. The settlement must still be approved by the judge in the case.

The original lead plaintiff in the case, first filed in 2015, was a 60-something man named Robert Heath who says he was deemed a "great candidate" by a Google recruiter. The lawsuit said that in 2013, the median age of Google employees was 29, whereas the typical computer programmer in the United States is over 40, according to several different measures.

Heath and Google settled their claims in December, but the larger class-action lawsuit went forward with another lead plaintiff.

Of the $11 million payout in the settlement, $2.75 million will go to lawyers representing the class, Bloomberg reports. The remaining cash works out to around $35,000 per plaintiff.

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