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Google applicant accuses company of employment discrimination

The old adage says that if at first you do not succeed, try and try again, but when it comes to jobs, there is a point when California residents may begin to wonder why they are not getting the jobs for which they are applying. A woman applied four times for a job at California-headquartered Google, but she never got the position. She soon began to realize that something may be amiss and filed an employment discrimination claim.

The plaintiff has an extensive background in computer programming, which she started learning in high school. She has a number of degrees and was contacted by a recruiter in 2007 about two possible employment opportunities with the company. She went through several interviews by phone and then had an in-person interview at Google headquarters.

The woman was not offered the job, but she was contacted by another recruiter in 2010 who said that based on her prior interview scores she could be a good fit for another position. Once again, she did not get the job. The same situation happened again in 2011 and in 2013. In every instance, she was contacted, went through the phone interviews, and each time she got to the live interview, she was never offered the job.

Even though the plaintiff was well qualified for the positions for which she applied, she was continually denied. According to the complaint, Google has a tendency to hire workers who are under 40. A previous lawsuit brought forth by a 60-year-old man for a age discrimination was amended to include this plaintiff. Qualified California applicants who feel that they have been denied a position because of their age or any other protected status can elect to file a employment discrimination claim against the company through the civil court system.

Source:, "Woman recruited by Google four times and rejected, joins suit", Patrick Thibodeau, July 21, 2015

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