Google faces lawsuit for firing critic of anti-diversity memo

23 February, 2018, 05:01 | Author: Rolando Keller
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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.

Google fired Chevalier in November 2017, specifically citing these social media posts, which had been discussed on a previous call with HR, as the cause for termination.

According to Chevalier, he was sacked six weeks after human resources met with him to discuss his posts on internal forums, in November 2017.

"It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to justify firing me by claiming that my social networking posts showed bias against my harassers", he told The Verge. "The anti-discrimination laws are meant to protect marginalized and underrepresented groups - not those who attack them".

James Damore is also now suing Google for wrongful termination and discrimination - specifically, against conservatives and white men.

Considering both, aforementioned coinciding lawsuits, which are occurring with multiple entities, Google is being hit from all ends for allegedly squashing internal feedback.

Google brushed aside such allegations claiming it is perfectly in its right to terminate anyone that refuses to comply with the company's work place policies. That was in the form of a 10-page memo circulated internally and claimed women to be biologically less likely to emerge as good engineers than their men counterpart.

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In his complaint, Chevalier stated that according to HR, the term "White Boys" could be perceived as the generalization about the race or gender. Damore and Chevalier may be ideological opposites, but controversy stoked by conversation in Google's forums have sparked similar causes of action that's left Google embroiled in legal hotwater and a cultural flame war on all sides.

"But like any workplace, that doesn't mean anything goes", she added. These activities continues when he joined Google, and he describes Google's workplace structure and culture as "overwhelmingly white, abled, straight, cisgender, and male".

Reached for comment about Chevalier's lawsuit, Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano said in a statement: "An important part of our culture is lively debate".

At the same time, Chevalier's lawsuit contradicts the claims that Damore previously made in his lawsuit, that Google does not reprimand liberals. In truth, Google's promise to allow its employees to freely speak their minds only applies to people who represent the majority viewpoint and use the majority's rhetoric. "All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies, under which promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited". In August 2017, Damore was sacked from Google, and he recently lost his filing at the National Labor Relations Board.

Google, on its part, says that employees should be communicated in a manner that complies with the company's policies.

A picture taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of USA multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens.

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