IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. (Getty)
- IBM allegedly pointed out as many as 100,000 employees in recent years because it wanted to appear as "cool" and "trendy" as Amazon or Google, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
- IBM has been hit by several age groups of discrimination cases brought by former employees.
- When asked about the allegation, the company said that IBM has been "invented to target higher value opportunities for our customers."
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Hoping to get over millennia as "cool" and "trendy" as Amazon or Google, IBM may have shot as many as 1
The charges came in the deposition of a former IBM vice president in an ongoing age discrimination suit, according to a Bloomberg report.
Asking for a comment on the report, IBM told Business Insider in an email: "We have invented IBM over the last five years to target higher value opportunities for our customers."
IBM has been sued by several lawsuits that accused tech giants of discriminating against older workers.
In one of the civil cases, Alan Wild, a former president of human resources at IBM, said that the company "laid off 50,000 to 100,000 employees in just the last few years," according to Bloomberg, citing a court filing filed Tuesday in Texas.
Wild said in its deposition that IBM wanted to demonstrate for millennia that the company was not "an old wasted sacking organization" and that it hoped to come across as "like [a] cool, trendy organization" as a Google search giant or online store on the Amazon web.
"To do so, IBM tried to eliminate large parts of the older workforce using rolling layoffs over several years," the court filing said, according to the report.
In the email, IBM said it "hires 50,000 employees every year and spends nearly half a billion dollars on training our team."
"We also receive more than 8,000 job applications every day, the highest speed we have ever experienced, so there is clear excitement around IBM's strategy and direction for the future," the company said.
IBM is a major player in the enterprise tech market. But the company has been battling with newer rivals, led by Amazon and Google, which dominate the fast-growing cloud computing market – and it's seen revenue coming continuously over the last seven or so years.
IBM had 350,600 workers worldwide by the end of 2018, down 19% from 2013.
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