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Friday, August 6, 2010

Google Age Discrimination Suit by 'Fuddy-Duddy' Brian Reid Moves Forward

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 7:40 AM

click to enlarge Brian Reid's Google stock options would have been worth between $45 million and $60 million
  • Brian Reid's Google stock options would have been worth between $45 million and $60 million
Brian Reid is revered in the tech industry for helping to craft the first firewall, the AltaVista search engine, and the the alt.* hierarchy of newsgroups in Usenet.

But he is 60 years old -- twice the age when they killed people on Logan's Run. Six years ago, he filed an age discrimination suit against Google -- where, he claims, he was commonly referred to as "old man," "old fuddy-duddy," and told he was not a "cultural fit" for the company. He was dismissed in February of 2004 -- just before the company went public and he stood to make a pile. He may still make a pile, however, as the State Supreme Court yesterday unanimously ruled Reid has presented enough evidence to warrant a jury trial.

Reid's suit was initially tossed by a Santa Clara County judge, who ruled that Google simply eliminated Reid's job -- and didn't discriminate against him. But an appeals court -- and now the state Supreme Court -- disagreed.

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The nuance from yesterday's ruling was that it gave weight to "stray remarks" of Reid's co-workers. Those remarks included a plethora of ageist language, according to the 60-year-old: "obsolete," "too old to matter," "slow," "fuzzy," "sluggish," "lethargic."

You can read the state Supreme Court's ruling here:

Reid supreme court ruling.DOC

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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