Google engineer says he was sacked for posts defending diversity

Google engineer says he was sacked for posts defending diversity

Google engineer says he was sacked for posts defending diversity

A former Google software engineer has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming he was sacked after speaking out in favour of diversity and against harassment.

According to a report in Gizmodo late Wednesday, Tim Chevalier, a software developer and former site-reliability engineer at Google, was sacked in November 2017 after he made several internal posts against racism and sexism.

"Throughout his life, Chevalier has engaged in political activism, advocating for civil rights for transgender people, women, disabled people, and racial and sexual minorities", said the lawsuit.

A former Google engineer is suing the online and tech multinational claiming he was sacked for challenging workplace bigotry that ranged from white supremacy to gender discrimination.

According to Gizmodo, Chevalier claims that Google failed to protect its minority, female and LGBTQ employees from harassment on internal forums but punished them when they spoke out about bad experiences with racism, sexism and homophobia at work.

Damore in his 3,000 word memo argued that Google's diversity initiatives were misguided.

"Chevalier's supervisors were critical of Chevalier's political participation and dismissive of his attempts to change Google's culture", the suit alleges.

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A former Google engineer has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was sacked for speaking out against James Damore's controversial memo about gender, the latest development in a litigious battle over diversity and speech at the technology company.

The document also mentions that Google's HR division informed Chevalier before he was sacked that his supervisors were "critical of [his] political participation and dismissive of his attempts to change Google's culture". Chevalier subsequently complained, and was encouraged to consider leaving and told that "working at Google was not for everyone". Damore had also accused Google of favoring white men who propagated a conservative line of thought. Gizmodo reports that at least three other employees were disciplined by HR for comments that "Google allegedly deemed discriminatory toward white men".

"An important part of our culture is lively debate", a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. "All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies".

In a recent ruling, the US National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) shot down Damore's complaint, saying that Google did not violate labour laws when it fired him.

Further, the spokesperson stated that this it is a very standard expectation that most employers expect from their employees, and that the majority of Google employees express their opinion and get involved in discussions within the boundaries that have been appropriately drawn up by Google.

Google, on its part, says that employees should be communicated in a manner that complies with the company's policies. "We always make our decision without any regard to the employee's political views". Otherwise, it will take action regardless of the employee's political views.

For now, Google remains legally challenged and internally mired in the same culture war that's engulfed much of the country.

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