blue origin is in the eye of critics, and not for aerospace issues per se. Jeff Bezos’s company received two lawsuits for age discrimination, both in a matter of months.
In accordance with TechCrunch, the demands are separate. The first was presented by Cristian Bureriu last September; the second, for david rowan in January of this year.
According to Bureriu, a former aerospace software engineer at Blue Origin, his supervisor told him to look for candidates. “younger to hire them, because young people are easier to train.”
blue origin he would have “expelled or fired” 20 employees over 40 years of age, replacing them with people who were in their 20s and 30s.
Bureriu would face, in his words, harassment and reprisals, being fired “unfairly” after reporting the problem to Human Resources at Jeff Bezos’s company.
His lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
In the case of David Rowan, the accusations against Blue Origin are for not hiring you. Over two years, he applied for 14 different open positions at the company, never receiving a job offer.
Rowan supported Bureriu’s claim, stating that these “present a compelling mosaic of circumstantial evidence supporting a finding of intentional age discrimination” in the company.
Will any of the lawsuits against Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ company, be successful?
According to TechCrunch, citing an expert on the subject, Age discrimination lawsuits are enormously difficult to win.
Jacquelyn James, co-director of the Center for Aging and Work at Boston College, “the Supreme Court has made that you have to be able to prove that age is almost the only reason you weren’t hired.”
Age discrimination complaints have declined over a 10-year span, according to the most recent figures from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2011, 23,465 cases were presented; in 2021, only 12,965.