Google accused of firing engineer for speaking out against harassment

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Former Google engineer Tim Chevalier has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, saying he was fired for speaking out against harassment and criticizing a controversial memo that was circulated around the company. The memo suggested that the gender pay gap was a result of genetic differences.

That memo was written by another ex-Google employee James Damore, who is also suing the company (The Guardian), for allegedly discriminating against politically conservative white men. In a class-action lawsuit (full document here) against the tech giant, Damore argued that conservatives are “ostracized, belittled, and punished” at the company.

Chevalier said he was dismissed in November 2017 for speaking out about harassment and discrimination at Google, and for condemning Damore’s “anti-diversity” memo. Chevalier, who identifies as “queer, disabled and transgender,” filed the lawsuit on Wednesday which says that Google violated the law by allowing what he believes was a “hostile work environment.”

The site reliability engineer’s lawsuit offers a very different perspective of Google’s internal politics from Damore’s. Chevalier’s lawsuit says that he regularly advocated for diversity ethics on internal forums and email chains, which his attorney called “a cesspool of bullying and harassment.” (The Guardian).

Damore was fired in August for circulating the memo that alleged the gender imbalance at Google was a result of genetic differences between men and women, and cited an “ideological echo chamber” at Google. The memo was leaked, causing worldwide outrage, and a backlash that lead to Damore’s firing.

Three women are also suing Google with a revised gender pay lawsuit (CNN Money), alleging that women are paid less than men at the company.

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