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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Intel Corp. Marked Employees as Thieves
to Prevent Their Rehiring

Back in July 2015 Intel Corp. laid off about 1300 employees. Information gathered from the Federal Government mandated OWBPA Report, associated with this layoff, revealed that employees over 40 years of age were targeted for this layoff in a disproportionate way. At the time of the layoff the OregonLive web site produced an analysis demonstrating this fact, as shown in the chart below.

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However, under the discretion of Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO at the time, the HR department was directed to prevent any possibility of Intel Corp. managers, rehiring any of the 1300 laid off employees. Consequently, the employee records of each one of the laid-off employees, in the HR database were marked with a special code, declaring them as THIEVES.

By marking an employee record with the THIEVE code, a warning would be issued through the Intel Corp. HR database system, to any hiring manager who would examine the eligibility of an ex-employee to be re-hired. This warning would block the potential re-employment of such person, permanently. Note that the rehiring ban applied to all categories of employment: Regular Employee (Blue Badge), Contract Employee (Green Badge), Full Time, or Part Time.

We were able to interview a number of people who worked, at the relevant time, in various capacities at Intel Corp. HR and other departments. These witnesses confirmed to us that all 1300 laid-off employee records were marked with the special THIEF code, within the company's Employee Data Archive database.

Note that Intel Corp. is the largest payroll employer in Oregon and a major employer in several other states. By marking laid-off employees as THIEVES, Intel Corp. essentially wiped out a potential source of income for a significant number of people. This capricious corporate edict would persist for the rest of these affected ex-employees lifetime, unless Intel Corp. is brought to justice and the policy is consequently, reversed.

There is an open question whether a company can be disparaging a group of laid-off employees as THIEVES and get by without legal scrutiny. Clearly, such behavior is discriminatory action all by itself and a strong argument can be made that such action is intentional and criminal in nature.

We are hereby calling upon the U.S. Government, the State of Oregon Government, our U.S. Congressional delegation, the EEOC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to inspect and seriously review the relevant Intel Corp. Employee Records and databases in order to investigate the facts stated above.

--Dr. Flywheel

Update July 13, 2019

We interviewed a number of people who testified that uniformed armed guards hired by Intel Corp. management, were in full view, as part of a psychological move by the company to coerce laid off employees to sign the separation agreement that was laid of in front of them, on the spot.

Apparently psychological coercion of employees is a common method used by corporations to get rid of employees with minimal backlash to corporate management. A recent court trial in France, involving Orange S.A. (formerly French Telecom) reveals that corporate management came up with an "innovative way" to reduce their workforce while minimizing public backlash to the company due to major layoffs. As Fortune Magazine reports:

In 2008 and 2009, dozens of employees of France Telecom took their own lives or attempted suicide amid a massive restructuring at the company. A 52-year-old technician who killed himself in July 2009 described the situation as “management by terror” in his suicide note. Starting this week, six former executives, one current exec, and the company itself—now known as Orange SA (ORAN)—are in court to face a devastating question: What role did they play in 35 employee suicides?

See reference #5 in the notes below.

  1. Can you sue an Oregon employer for defamation based on a reference?
  2. If my boss recorded false statements in my personnel file, is this libel?

  3.  Flawed Separation Agreement Does Not Bar ADEA Claims :
    Every separation agreement for an employee who is age 40 or older should include an ADEA waiver and the protections required by the OWBPA. Failure to include these provisions does not necessarily make the entire agreement invalid or create a separate legal claim, but the employee will have the ability to proceed with ADEA claims against the employer despite the payment he or she has received.
  4. Wells Fargo Faces Scrutiny for Black Marks on Ex-Employee Files
  5. France Asks a Devastating Question: What Role Did Telecom Executives Play in 35 Employee Suicides?


  1. What is the status of the EEOC investigation into age discrimination at Intel? News reports that it was launched a year ago.

  2. If I were one of the laid off workers, how do I find out if Intel coded me as a thief? Thank you
    Will Scott

  3. I was in the 2015 layoff and I was promised a contract job of 3 to 6 months to help my dept transition. All paperwork was duly submitted and things were on track for me to come back but corporate HR nixed it at the last minute. Thus deriving me of gainful employment. Now its apparent why.

    What are our next steps? This is a whole new level of deceit and obvious discrimination. Please sign me up to participate in whatever legal action might be warranted.

  4. This new information is serious and warrants more investigation. Great work by whomever unearthed this.

    Sign me up help pursue this.

  5. I was close to 50 and had prior years of mixed exceeding and meeting expectation with good stock level, but I had to leave Intel in 2017 since the team was getting project cuts after June due to incompetent upper management. So, I had to start looking for internal opportunities, but as I was finding a long list of opportunities (as I am very capable and technically diverse high level professional) every time after talks and interviews hiring director/manager gives positive signals stating that they are thrilled to hire me, what was different this time was most were just stopping communication except last few (before I left Intel) who told me that something horrible (that they never seen before) was done to me (they thought by my manager) that stopped them to hire me. One director even wanted to stand up to HR but was in very strange ways stopped (got "scary comment").
    So looking in retrospect, I might have been also "marked" under such THIEF "label" as this seems to fully explain my situation.
    This does look as criminal, so I would appreciate if someone can share here how can I:
    - find if I was affected
    - find legal or group contact pursuing class action against Intel that covers this
    Note: I am better off outside of the Intel, as I am very capable technical professional. Main motivation is that if proven true I find this highly morally disturbing and although I'd prefer to be here anonymous I would be ope to contact with my identity correct group and join collective action.

  6. 1. How to check if I was affected? (now that I read this, it fits perfectly to explain how Intel was doing this to large number of people and likely including me in 2017. If needed please post contact information and I'll contact them for more information.)


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