According to a new report, IBM may have violated age discrimination laws as it downsized over the last several years. The report in question says IBM eliminated 20k American employees ages 40 and over. This accounted for a total of 60 percent of the estimated job cuts in the last 5 years. The report utilized internal IBM documents, legal filings, interviews and questionnaires of more than 1,000 former employees to reach its conclusion. While it's a long read, I recommend that you read it if this is something that bothers or concerns you because I'd bet money other companies are doing the same thing. Fifty years ago, Congress made it illegal with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or ADEA, to treat older workers differently than younger ones with only a few exceptions, such as jobs that require special physical qualifications. And for years, judges and policymakers treated the law as essentially on a par with prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation and other categories.