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This is how young most staff are at the world's top tech companies

It’s no place for the oldies in Silicon Valley.

IF IT FEELS like the tech industry is the cool place to hang out for anyone under 30, it is − and it isn’t.

At some companies like Facebook, the median age of workers is under 30. But the older, more-established tech companies have older, more-established workforces.

At firms like Cisco, Dell, IBM, Oracle and Hewlett Packard, workers are more likely to be over 35.

In any case, the youth-loving culture of Silicon Valley is no myth, as the chart below shows.

And it’s having an effect. Older workers are getting left out — or at least feel like they are.

“There are tons and tons of lawsuits filed for age discrimination,” labour lawyer Kelly Dermody at firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein in San Francisco said.

In the past couple of years, more Californians — home of Silicon Valley — are suing for alleged age discrimination than for alleged racism, she says.


By Julie Bort for Business Insider

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