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The Lawyer Who Took On Uber Is Suing IBM for Age Discrimination

Shannon Liss-Riordan says the company has wrongfully terminated thousands of workers for being too old. Can she make it stick?

Pedestrians walk past IBM offices in New York.

Pedestrians walk past IBM offices in New York.

Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg


Shannon Liss-Riordan has been compared to “a pit bull with a Chihuahua in its mouth.” In a career spanning almost 20 years, the Boston-based lawyer has gone after corporations that have either harmed consumers or their own employees. She’s represented workers against Amazon, Uber and Google and has styled her firm as the premier champion for employees left behind by powerful tech companies.

Now Liss-Riordan, 49, is gunning for International Business Machines Corp.