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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

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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