A senior IBM employee has revealed while deposing in an age discrimination lawsuit that the company has fired around 100,000 employees in the last few years. The move by the IBM was part of an exercise to look "cool" and "trendy" like other successful brands such as Amazon and Google. The case was filed by lawyers on behalf of ex-IBM salesman Jonathan Langley. Langley, 61, sued IBM last year for "unfairly ditching older capable staff to replace them with so-called early professional hires".
As part of the case, a one-time HR vice president Alan Wild reportedly testified "that 50,000 to 100,000 Big Blue staff have been axed in the past five or so years", says the Registrar.Young people replaced the axed staff at IBM to look young, as is the case with several tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, among others. But IBM claims that the company does not discriminate on age.In a statement, IBM said: "The company hires 50,000 employees each year, and spends nearly a half-billion dollars on training our team.
We also receive more than 8,000 job applications every day, the highest rate that we've ever experienced, so there's clear excitement about IBM's strategy and direction for the future".IBM nearly fired third of its global workforce while aggressively hiring as well in those years. ProPublica published an investigation last March that found IBM had fired an estimated 20,000 US employees ages 40 or older in the past five years.