Google sued by former employee for firing him allegedly over his pro-diversity posts

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Former Google employee Tim Chevalier has reportedly sued the search giant for firing him over his internal pro-diversity posts.

Chevalier, a software developer and site reliability engineer with Google was sacked in November 2017, as per a Gizmodo report, over his posts against racism and sexism.

The present episode has links to last year’s internal memo by James Damore – another Google employee who was fired by the search giant – that spoke about gender bias at Google.

Chevalier had reportedly responded against Damore’s posts that criticised the search giant’s diversity policy.

As per the report by Gizmodo, “Chevalier, who is transgender, queer, and disabled, alleges that Google failed to protect its female, minority, and LGBTQ employees from harassment on internal forums—but was quick to crack down on those employees when they spoke out about their experiences with racism, sexism, and homophobia at work.”

A statement on the matter released to tech blogs by Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano said, “An important part of our culture is lively debate. But like any workplace, that doesn’t mean anything goes. All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies, under which promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited.”

Scigliano adds, “This is a very standard expectation that most employers have of their employees. The overwhelming majority of our employees communicate in a way that is consistent with our policies. But when an employee does not, it is something we must take seriously. We always make our decision without any regard to the employee’s political views.”

Chevalier spoke to popular tech-blog The Verge and expressed his discontent, “It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to justify firing me by claiming that my social networking posts showed bias against my harassers.”moneycontrol