Apple Computer’s hip youth culture may have met its match in Michael Katz, a former employee who is suing the company for age bias.
Katz started working at the Apple Store at Orlando’s Mall at Millenia in 2006 when he was 60 years old.
He claims that from the time he was hired, he had sought a promotion from his “Mac specialist” position to “creative,” a higher job classification. Each time a position opened, it was filled by someone at least 15 years younger than Katz, according to an age discrimination lawsuit he filed in federal court last October.
Katz left the store in 2007 and filed a complaint with the EEOC, which investigated and found that discrimination probably did occur.
The EEOC issued Katz a “right to sue” letter. Apple’s attorneys promise to fight the charges in court. If Apple cannot get the case dismissed, it will head to trial.
Note: The computer industry has a reputation of discriminating against older workers. That means employers in that industry must not only guard against such discrimination, but must also document every hiring, firing and promotion decision to show that the moves were made for sound, nondiscriminatory business reasons.