Even though he was hired for an executive position at age 52, Brian Reid contends he was booted from Mountain View, Calif.’s Google Inc. 20 months later because management felt he was no longer a “cultural fit” for a company dominated by younger employees.

If questions posed by California Supreme Court justices during arguments on Wednesday are any indication, Reid — who claims fellow workers and managers said he was obsolete, an old fuddy-duddy and lacked new ideas, among other things — might get his day in court after all.