Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Estle et al. v. IBM (Age Discrimination)

A group of former IBM employees filed a lawsuit accusing IBM of violating federal laws prohibiting workplace age discrimination: the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The lawsuit alleges that in 2014 IBM ended its practice of providing laid-off workers with age-specific, demographic information about the layoff selections, as required by the OWBPA. The lawsuit also alleges that IBM improperly requires laid-off workers to waive their rights under the ADEA to file discrimination claims collectively in a court of law, and that IBM manipulates the performance review process by directing the downgrading of annual performance ratings for workers age 40 and older, which are then used to justify the layoffs.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
IBM Corporation $0
Further Information Released
Court Complaint 3/27/2019
Law Firm Press Release 3/27/2019
Demand For Arbitration 3/26/2019

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database