Earlier this week, the EEOC concluded that Intel discriminated against older workers in mass layoffs in 2015 and 2016.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced the completion of an investigation into the mass layoffs at Intel in 2015. According to the federal agency, Intel actually discriminated against “eight older workers” during these layoffs. The report ends a five-year investigation into complaints from employees. The commission said:
“There is reason to believe that eight people over forty (40) were fired or otherwise separated from work by respondent (Intel) in 2015 for their age and in violation of the Age Discrimination Act.”
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Currently, the EEOC plans to work with Intel to “solve the problems on behalf of the laid-off workers”. What happened? Why were employee complaints filed in the first place?
According to the EEOC investigation, Intel laid off nearly 1,200 US workers in 2015 and cut up to 15,000 jobs across the company the following year. It was the largest downsizing in Intel’s history and led to numerous complaints, including complaints from eight older workers claiming the cuts were aimed at older workers. According to the complaints, “workers over 40 were more than twice as likely to lose their jobs as younger workers … and workers over 60 were eight times more likely to be laid off than workers under 30.”
Intel pushed back on the complaints, recently stating:
“Personnel decisions in our 2015 and 2016 measures were based solely on business requirements. Factors such as age, race, national origin, gender, immigration status or other personal demographics were not part of the process in making these decisions. The EEOC has completed its investigation into our 2015 action and has offered to work with Intel to address its concerns. “
Brian Krzanich, the former CEO of Intel, also backed out of the complaints, saying at a 2015 corporate meeting, “This is how a meritocracy works.” A year later, he admitted the layoffs “were too hard and fast and blamed Intel’s relationship.” damaged the remaining staff “. In 2018, Krzanich even lost his job at the company after the company’s board of directors learned that he “had a romantic relationship with an employee in violation of company policy”.
Despite the recent completion of his investigation, it is important to note that the process has been slow. For this reason, many advocates of older workers have spoken out and claimed that “the lengthy process reflects a chronic failure to investigate and enforce age discrimination in the workplace”. They added that the federal agency “has no financial resources to properly investigate allegations and that federal law requires a higher standard of evidence for age discrimination than discrimination against other protected classes.”
U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici, D-Beaverton, interfered in the matter, saying:
“Age discrimination is still too widespread in the workplace … My office has worked closely with people who have complained about age discrimination, but the burden and outcomes are often very uncertain.”
Intel laid off eight older workers in 2015, according to EEOC
According to the US government, Intel discriminated against redundancies against older workers in 2015