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IBM Accused of Flouting Age Bias Law to Get Class Waivers (1)

March 27, 2019, 4:46 PMUpdated: March 27, 2019, 7:02 PM

IBM required older workers it laid off to give up their rights to bring age discrimination suits despite not providing certain information about the larger group being laid off, a new class action in the Southern District of New York alleges.

The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act explicitly requires that a company provide demographic information about other workers being laid off in order to extract a waiver of rights from departing workers. Courts have held those waivers to be invalid if the company doesn’t comply with OWBPA’s minimum standards.

In a lawsuit filed March 27, four former IBM workers say ...