Fired Google Engineer Sues, Alleging Discrimination and Harassment

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The ex-Googler alleges that the company fired him over writing pro-diversity internal posts.

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 a year ago, Wired Magazine reports.

Software developer Tim Chevalier alleges that the technology giant was rife with harassment and discrimination, and that he was dismissed in November 2017 after he spoke out in support of diversity. Damore's memo, which became public last August, argued that a gender gap exists not because of sexism, but partly because of "biological" differences between men and women. He was told that he was engaging in far too much social activism at the company.

An ex-Google engineer has sued his former employer, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated as a result of expressing his politically liberal opinions-which included opposing harassment and white supremacy-on internal message boards.

"All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies, under which promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited", Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano said in a statement.

Google, on its part, says that employees should be communicated in a manner that complies with the company's policies. However, when an employee defies it, the search giant takes the matter seriously. "We always make our decision without any regard to the employee's political views".

With the US Labour Board breathing down Google's neck about upping its diversity, and multiple employees now coming out as saying that the efforts are actually alienating those with, it seems Google is stuck between a rock and a hard place. News of the lawsuit was earlier reported by Gizmodo.

In 2016, one employee posted the question, "If we have fewer Black and Latin people here, doesn't that mean they're not as good?" the suit said. HR stated that it could be perceived as a generalization of race and gender.

The Damore lawsuit included almost 100 pages of screen shots of internal communications at Google which the suit alleged demonstrated widespread hostility against conservative viewpoints.

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.

Human resources launched an investigation into Chevalier's posting habits, including Google-Plus posts, one of which including criticism of Republicans for "affiliating [themselves] with people carrying torches and yelling, "you will not replace us" at the rally in Charlottesville. On Friday, a lawyer for the NLRB concluded that portions of Damore's memo were not protected by labor law, and so Google was within its rights to fire him.

Chevalier's lawsuit says that when he began at Google in 2015, Google's workforce was largely "homogenous", composed "overwhelmingly" of cisgender white men - and that "its workplace culture reflected their views".

This recent lawsuit is another glimpse into the working culture of Google.

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