Unsure what to think
I wonder if it really is racism here. I mean two of the complainants are in Georgia, so it's entirely possible but if the HP's are anything like the huge multinational I work for, it could just be cost cutting.
These guys are all older, more experienced workers, so presumably cost more to employ.
My PHB's are in another round of getting rid of the older more experienced people (gender and race doesn't come into it) and bugger the customers.
I am quite sure we will lose market share because it but HP has been doing that anyway for years so it won't make much difference to them.
Either way, it's a poor way to treat people.