Former Google employee files lawsuit claiming he was sacked for opposing discrimination

Former Google employee files lawsuit claiming he was sacked for opposing discrimination

Former Google employee files lawsuit claiming he was sacked for opposing discrimination

In a statement, Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano said - "An important part of our culture is lively debate. All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies, under which promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited" Scigliano says.

"But like any workplace, that doesn't mean anything goes", she wrote.

The lawsuit opens another chapter on the debate surrounding diversity at Google. Gizmodo reports that at least three other employees were disciplined by HR for comments that "Google allegedly deemed discriminatory toward white men".

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Tim Chevalier, who identifies as disabled, queer and transgender, has claimed the internet giant fired him to avoid dealing with workplace discrimination and harassment, USA Today reported.

A former Google employee is now suing the company, claiming he was wrongfully terminated for his criticism of an anti-diversity memo sent to staff members previous year, Wired Magazine reports. 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. One of the posts questioned by the HR representative was an internal Google+ post in which Chevalier criticized Republicans for "affiliating themselves" with the white supremacists at the Charlottesville protest. The ex-Googler alleges that the company fired him over writing pro-diversity internal posts.

Chevalier said in a press release: "It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to justify firing me by claiming that my social networking posts showed bias against my harassers". "The anti-discrimination laws are meant to protect marginalized and underrepresented groups - not those who attack them". In particular, he spoke out about white male privilege, in response to James Damore's "anti-diversity" memo in which Damore made the case that women may have less preference and aptitude for engineering jobs for biological reasons. Other employees then suggested on the message board that Google would have to lower its hiring standards to increase its number of minority workers. In August 2017, Damore was sacked from Google, and he recently lost his filing at the National Labor Relations Board. The overwhelming majority of our employees communicate in a way that is consistent with our policies.

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Damore's firing became a flashpoint for conservatives, and in January he filed a class action suit alleging that Google discriminates against white male conservatives. However, when an employee defies it, the search giant takes the matter seriously.

For now, Google remains legally challenged and internally mired in the same culture war that's engulfed much of the country. In a statement, Google said that any decision to terminate an employee was not connected with the individual's political views.

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