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For Google Rejects, Team Effort to Prove Age Bias Advances

  • As many as 265 people sought to join discrimination lawsuit
  • Tech giant argued allegations are too varied for group status
An emplyee passes the Google Inc. offices in Mountain View, California.
An emplyee passes the Google Inc. offices in Mountain View, California.

Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

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Google failed to block a class-action lawsuit by rejected job applicants who accuse the search engine giant of systematically favoring younger candidates.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California, issued a ruling Wednesday throwing out the internet search giant’s request to deny group status to as many as 265 people 40 years and older who sought to join the case. The judge said her decision will remain sealed for now because it contains “highly confidential and business-sensitive” information, while directing both sides to advise her what language should be redacted so that the ruling can be made public.