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Saturday April 29, 2017

Fired University IT Workers to File Discrimination Lawsuit

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.

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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.

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