Fmr Employee Claims Google Wrongfully Fired Him for Defending Minorities
Feb 24, 2018, 04:59
Just days after James Damore was sacked, Qichen Zhang spoke to The Guardian explaining she quit Google because as a woman of colour felt isolated and embattled within the company. The lawsuitclaimedGoogle discriminates against white men and conservatives.
Damore was sacked over the memo that Google also said violated its codes of conduct, and returned fire with a class-action lawsuit claiming the company actively discriminates against conservative white men. The lawsuit says Chevalier posted content on the forums that pushed back against online bullying directed toward people of color and those in the LGBT community.
In 2016, one employee posted the question, "If we have fewer Black and [email protected] people here, doesn't that mean they're not as good?" the suit said.
"It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to justify firing me by claiming that my social networking posts showed bias against my harassers", Chevalier said via a prepared statement.
Chevalier is described in his lawsuit as an "accomplished software developer and computer scientist" who joined Google as a Site Reliability Engineer in December 2015.
Furthermore, the lawsuit was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court and Chevalier is seeking damages for lost wages, emotional distress, punitive damages, and injunctive relief against those alleged harmful acts.
Google, similar to other corporates, continues to be heavily male dominated and thus, gender equality is a far fetched dream.
Last year, Damore argued that due to their biological differences, women may not be suited for leadership. Shortly after the memo began to make national headlines, he was sacked by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. However, the United States National Labour Relations Board rejected Damorea's complaintrecently and said Google did not violate labour laws when it fired him.
The petition says, "when Google employees express their different views than the majority of vies on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google's employment policies and its business, such as hiring policies says mistreated and punished or could be terminated from the company against violation of their legal rights". "But like any workplace, that doesn't mean anything goes", Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
"All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies".
"This is a very standard expectation that most employers have of their employees".
Tim Chevalier, a site reliability engineer, took his former employers to court claiming he was sacked in November 2017 for criticising Damore and promoting diversity on internal forums.
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