Political strategists have long known that some issues can be important to voters but have little effect on who they vote for. Other issues can motivate both sides in an election, while still others move partisans on one side more than the other. The USC/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" poll provides new evidence of how issues are playing out in the presidential campaign. Earlier this month, the poll asked respondents to choose three issues that were especially important to their vote. By far the most cited was the economy, named by 60% of respondents.
A former Apple software engineer who pioneered a major change to the Mac operating system was turned down for a job at the Genius Bar in one of the tech giant's retail stores, in what has been touted as an example of age discrimination in the workplace. JK Scheinberg left Apple in 2008 after 21 years with the firm, during which he reportedly figured out how to run Apple's Mac OS on his home PC, which was powered by Intel processors. He then led the company's secret "Marklar" project to modify all Macs to run on Intel chips.
Zabeen Ismail-Youngs says her employer, Genentech, laid her off because she was older and sick. SAN FRANCISCO -- Tech's graying workforce is increasingly voicing its displeasure about ageism – in court. Since 2012, 90 age-related lawsuits have been filed against a dozen top tech companies in Silicon Valley, according to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), which provided the list of actions to USA TODAY. The suits were filed in California, where the companies are based and a vast majority of their employees are located. With 28 such suits since May 2013, Hewlett-Packard is most likely to spend the most time in court.
Four former employees of Hewlett-Packard Co. HPQ 0.14 % have filed a lawsuit alleging they were victims of age discrimination as the technology giant pared its workforce in recent years. Their suit, filed Aug. 18 in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., alleges violations of California and federal laws and seeks class-action status on behalf of other workers who were 40 years old or older at the time they were laid off. It names Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. HPE -0.27 % and HP Inc., the two companies formed when Hewlett-Packard broke up last fall. Representatives of the two companies denied discriminating against older workers. H-P, founded in 1939, reported 287,000 employees at the time of the breakup in October 2015, nearly 63,000 fewer than the same time in 2011.
Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. in Boston canceled rides for men with black-sounding names more than twice as often as for other men. Black people in Seattle using Uber and Lyft Inc. faced notably longer wait times to get paired with drivers than white customers. The findings come from a study published on Monday by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Washington. "In many ways, the sharing economy is making it up as they go along," said Christopher Knittel, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an author of the study. "A lot of this is a learning process, and you can't expect these companies to have everything perfect right out of the gate."