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EEOC sues guidance companies for alleged age bias in software



The US Equal Opportunity Commission said on Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against three integrated tutoring companies that provide English-language tutoring services to students in China because they use online recruitment programs that automatically reject older applicants because of their age.

The firm filed a lawsuit against Santa Clara, California-based iTutor Group Inc., Shanghai Ping’An Intelligent Education Technology Co. Ltd. and Tutor Group Ltd. in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, charged with violating the law on age discrimination in employment.

The EEOC said in its statement that companies hire thousands of tutors based in the United States each year to provide online tutoring for their homes or other remote locations.

It said that the group programmed its tutoring software to automatically reject female applicants 55 or older and male applicants aged 60 or older, and that it had rejected more than 200 qualified applicants because of their age.

The Agency requires arrears and damages for these applicants. The EEOC said it had brought an action after the parties could not reach a settlement.

iTutor Group did not respond to a request for comment.


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