Lawsuit From Ex-Google Engineer Says Pro-Diversity Posts Got Him Fired

  • Lawsuit From Ex-Google Engineer Says Pro-Diversity Posts Got Him Fired

Lawsuit From Ex-Google Engineer Says Pro-Diversity Posts Got Him Fired

Google is still facing a class action lawsuit spearheaded by James Damore, who Google fired after his memo - in which he claims discrimination on the basis of being a conservative white man - went viral.

Tim Chevalier is a software developer who worked for almost two years at Google as a site-reliability engineer. Damore was sacked from the company a year ago when he authored an internal memo saying there are biological causes behind gender equality.

Chevalier's posts were also quoted in Damore's lawsuit against Google. He was told that he was engaging in far too much social activism at the company.

"It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to justify firing me by claiming that my social networking posts showed bias against my harassers", says Chevalier.

Tim Chevalier, a transgender former site reliability engineer at Google, says that he was sacked for his politically liberal rebuttal to former programmer James Damore's post on one of the company's internal messaging boards.

For its part, Google said that "lively debate" was an important pillar of company culture, and that the "overwhelming majority" of employees adhere to its communications guidelines. "But like any workplace, that doesn't mean anything goes", a spokeswoman, Gina Scigliano, said. All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies, under which promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited.

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", the spokesperson said in a statement.

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.

"Chevalier pushed back on the online bullying he and others were experiencing, using the same internal messaging systems to try to educate his employer and coworkers on how to change Google's working conditions to be inclusive and supportive of underrepresented minorities, such as himself". Google reportedly moved to a moderate speech by both conservative and liberal employees. One post in question criticized Demore's memo, calling it "misogynistic".

Google is now facing a new lawsuit over diversity, but from the opposite side of the one that you've probably heard about.

Chevalier, who was a Google employee from December 2015 up until his termination in November 2017, is now seeking damages for emotional distress and lost wages, as well as punitive damages.

Google continues to be rocked by controversies regarding diversity, race and gender.

Meanwhile, last week, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board clarified that the search giant did not break any rules by firing Damore. The agency said Google fired the computer engineer not for expressing dissenting views or criticism, but over "unprotected discriminatory statements" in his memo.