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Is IBM Dinobabies Lawsuit Indicative of IT Discrimination?

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2022 | Wrongful Termination |

Documents released earlier in 2022 related to the so-called Dinobabies lawsuit against IBM show internal communications among the company’s executives that indicated possible age discrimination against older employees. The case of Lohnn vs International Business Machines, being heard by a New York district court, alleges IBM’s continuing attempts to oust older workers.

Lawsuit revives disturbing IT industry allegations

Although IBM has vehemently denied wrongful termination related to age discrimination, the revelations in these documents raise serious questions. The documents reveal communications between two IBM executives who are no longer with the company calling older workers Dinbabies, along with plans to oust them from the company’s workforce, thereby making them “extinct.”

Even though the median age of IBM staff was 48 in 2020 and unchanged from 10 years earlier, the IT industry is considered a young person’s profession as 35% of participants in Stack Overflow’s 2021 developer survey ranged in age from 25 to 34. Less than 10% were over age 45.

Other studies also show that older workers are often discriminated against for various reasons such as perceptions that they are not interested in new technologies and don’t understand them or that they have other priorities in their lives.

Combating ageism in the workplace

Age discrimination in the workplace can take many different forms. Even if you don’t lose your job, your employer may not give you equal opportunity to advance or apply for new positions because of your age. Often, you may feel mistreated but can’t pinpoint the exact cause as discriminatory acts are veiled.

If you work in IT and your company does not provide advancement opportunities or retraining to help you understand new technologies, you may be a victim of age discrimination. Non-inclusive work cultures can be a red flag for discriminatory ageism practices.