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PwC Says Job Applicants Can't Sue For Age Discrimination

Jul 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
PricewaterhouseCoopers urged a California federal judge at a hearing Thursday to throw out a putative class action alleging the accounting firm doesn't consider older job applicants, arguing that disparate impact claims under federal age discrimination law can only be brought by existing employees, not prospective ones. * * * But Daniel B. Kohrman of AARP Foundation Litigation said the Gross decision worked in his favor, arguing that if you can’t take the language of one statute and apply it to another, then you can’t assume any meaning from the presence of “job applicants” in one statute and...
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Lawsuit accuses PwC of discriminating against older job applicants

Jul 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
A lawsuit accusing PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP of violating U.S. discrimination law by hiring a "stunningly low" number of people over the age of 40 to maintain a youthful culture has been filed in San Francisco. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court, said the London-based accounting company does virtually all of its recruiting for entry-level jobs on college campuses to stock its workforce with millenials. Federal law bars employers from discriminating against workers and job applicants who are 40 and older. The lawsuit was brought by Steve Rabin, 53, a certified public accountant...
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Can A Job Rejection Be Age Discrimination?

May 10, 2017 / Media Coverage
If you’re an over-40 job hunter and not getting offers, you may be wondering if you’re being turned down due to your age. And, if so, whether that’s against the 50-year-old law, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. One pending class-action suit against Pricewaterhouse Coopers and another against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco (that the Supreme Court may soon hear) make this concern especially timely. There’s a good chance that age will hurt your job chances, especially if you’re in your 50s or older, based on a recent Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco study. Researchers created realistic, but...
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Older Workers Challenge Firms’ Aggressive Pursuit of the Young

Apr 16, 2017 / Media Coverage
In one class action against PricewaterhouseCoopers, two men say they were rejected because they lacked the youthful profile possessed by many PwC recruits PricewaterhouseCoopers bills itself as the “place to work for millennials,” who have taken jobs and internships with the accounting giant in droves. The firm annually recruits thousands of newly minted college graduates. The firm’s aggressive pursuit of youth is now the focus of a class-action suit, part of an emerging wave of litigation that is both testing the boundaries of age-discrimination liability and casting a legal cloud over...
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Applicants Can Sue PricewaterhouseCoopers for Unintended Age Bias

Feb 27, 2017 / Media Coverage
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP must defend against claims by a proposed class of rejected 40-and-over job seekers, a federal judge in California ruled. The applicants say the accounting giant’s hiring and other employment practices inadvertently favor younger applicants and deter older ones ( Rabin v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP , 2017 BL 49868, N.D. Cal., No. 16-cv-02276, 2/17/17 ). The decision rejects an opposing conclusion reached in October by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit but embraces the view of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It also signals a potential...
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PwC Must Face Job Applicants' Age Discrimination Claims

Feb 21, 2017 / Media Coverage
PricewaterhouseCoopers on Friday was denied a bid to have a disparate impact claim under federal age discrimination law thrown out in a putative class action over age discrimination toward job applicants, with a California federal judge ruling a reading of U.S. Supreme Court precedent confirms job applicants may bring such claims. U.S. District Judge John S. Tigar denied a bid for judgment on the pleadings from PwC, which had argued that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act doesn’t permit job applicants to bring disparate impact claims. The judge wrote that a textual analysis of the...
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PwC’s US firm faces age discrimination claim

Apr 29, 2016 / Media Coverage
The case has been brought in a California court by Steve Rabin, a 53-year-old certified public accountant, who is alleging violations of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. According to the complaint: ‘PwC's culture and practice has distributed the benefits of its enormous success unequally – systematically favouring younger applicants at the expense of their older counterparts.’ The lawsuit asserts that the number of workers 40 years of age and older in entry-level and lower to mid-level positions at PwC is ‘stunningly...
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Lawsuit accuses PwC of discriminating against older job applicants

Apr 29, 2016 / Media Coverage
A lawsuit accusing PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP of violating U.S. discrimination law by hiring a "stunningly low" number of people over the age of 40 to maintain a youthful culture has been filed in San Francisco. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court, said the London-based accounting company does virtually all of its recruiting for entry-level jobs on college campuses to stock its workforce with millenials. Federal law bars employers from discriminating against workers and job applicants who are 40 and older. The lawsuit was brought by Steve Rabin, 53, a certified public accountant...
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PwC's Hiring Policies Favor Millennials, Class Action Says

Apr 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
PricewaterhouseCoopers on Wednesday was hit with a proposed class and collective action in California federal court accusing the firm of favoring millennials with its hiring policies and discriminating against accounting job applicants who are age 40 or older. The suit — filed by 53-year-old certified public accountant Steve Rabin — claims the firm has a "stunningly low" number of older workers in entry-level and lower- to mid-level positions. It accuses PwC of violating federal and state laws, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing...
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PwC Accused of Age Bias in Hiring

Apr 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
SAN FRANCISCO — Global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is being accused of violating federal and California age discrimination laws by focusing on hiring and retaining "millennials." In a proposed class action filed Wednesday by lawyers at Outten & Golden, 53-year-old accountant Steve Rabin alleges that PwC hiring policies effectively bar applicants over 40 from landing entry-level positions at the company. Rabin interviewed with PwC in San Jose, Calif., in 2013 but was turned down, and says the company hired a younger accountant instead. He is seeking to overturn PwC's hiring...
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