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Re: Linux System Engineer (100%) in Zurich

On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 11:39 AM, Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> wrote:
martin f krafft <madduck@debian.org> writes:

> I maintain that informing interested parties up front about an age
> requirement in a job *offer*/ad is not the same as turning down (or
> firing) someone for _no other_ reason than age.

If you act on that restriction, I believe it is in the United States.  The
impression I have is that this is black letter law in the US.  It is not a
requirement of discrimination law in the US in general that the
discrimination be the *only* reason for an employment choice, only that
the bias be discriminatory, and stating it as a requirement certainly
meets the basic requirement there.

It's doubly illegal around here -- age discrimination is a violation of
California's Fair Employment and Housing Act as well as the federal

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It's only going to take one over-zealous U.S. attorney, to get hold of this and run with it.  It doesn't necessarily matter if it's legal discrimination.  What matters is, the Debian Project can't afford the legal exposure; that is, defending itself legally.  Some on this list have already expressed utter dismay at what they regard as obvious discrimination.  I concur.  Please see the recent Craigslist discrimination suit out of Chicago.  Yes, Craigslist won, but at a very high monetary cost.  Unfortunately, the Debian Project doesn't have such reserves. 

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